Speed’s map of Merionethshire

By SPEED, John, 1627 

Merionethshire described 1610.

British Isles Wales
  • Author: SPEED, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Performed by John Speed, and are to be solde in Popes-head Alley against the Exchang by George Humble
  • Publication date: 1627
  • Physical description: Engraved map with hand colouring.
  • Dimensions: 380 by 505mm. (15 by 20 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11791

Notes

A beautifully coloured map of the historic county of Merionethshire or Meirionnydd, with an inset map of Harlech.

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.