Speed’s map of Monmouthshire

By SPEED, John, 1627 

The Countye of Monmouth with the sittutation of the shire-towne described

British Isles Wales
  • Author: SPEED, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Described by John Speed, and are to be solde in Popes head Alley against the Exchange by Iohn Sudbury and George Humble
  • Publication date: 1627
  • Physical description: Engraved map with hand colouring.
  • Dimensions: 380 by 510mm. (15 by 20 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11792


A beautifully coloured map of Monmouthshire, with an inset map of the city of Monmouth and a cartouche showing Henry V, who defeated the French at Agincourt.

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. 


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