Speed’s map of Leinster

By SPEED, John, 1627 
£1,000
£600

The countie of Leinster with the citie Dublin described

British Isles Ireland
  • Author: SPEED, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Performed by John Speed, and are to be sold by John Sudbury and George Humble in Popes-head Alley against the Exchange
  • Publication date: 1627
  • Physical description: Engraved map with hand colouring.
  • Dimensions: 380 by 505mm. (15 by 20 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11812

Notes

A map of Leinster, with an inset map of Dublin.

John Speed (1552–1629) was the outstanding cartographer of his age. His Theatre of Great Britain’ was the first atlas of the British Isles: Speed prepared the maps himself about two years before they were published. His maps and books dominated the seventeenth-century English market. The present map is taken from the 1627 English edition published by George Humble. 

Bibliography

  1. Chubb XXV.
    • Chubb, T., Skells, J. and Beharrell, H. (1977). The printed maps in the atlases of Great Britain and Ireland. Folkestone: Dawson.