Speed’s map of Northamptonshire

By SPEED, John, 1627 


British Isles English Counties
  • Author: SPEED, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Performed by Iohn Speede and are to be sold by George Humble in ye Popes head alley
  • Publication date: 1627
  • Physical description: Engraved map with hand colouring.
  • Dimensions: 380 by 510mm. (15 by 20 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11770


A beautifully coloured map of Northamptonshire, with inset maps of Northampton and Peterborough, and a vignette with text of the Battle of Edgecote Moor, where Richard Neville, Duke of Warwick, defeated Edward IV during the Wars of the Roses.

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.