Speed’s map of Radnorshire

By SPEED, John, 1627 

The Countie of Radnor described and the shyretownes situatione.

British Isles Wales
  • Author: SPEED, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Described by Christopher Saxton, augmented and published by John Speed servant to his Majesty, and are to be sold in popes head alley by John Sudbury and George Humbell
  • Publication date: 1627
  • Physical description: Engraved map with hand colouring.
  • Dimensions: 380 by 510mm. (15 by 20 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11795


A beautifully coloured map of the historic county of Radnorshire, now Powys, with an inset map of Radnor.

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.