Speed’s map of Staffordshire

By SPEED, John, 1627 

Stafford Countie and Towne with the ancient Citie Lichfield described.

British Isles English Counties
  • Author: SPEED, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Performed by John Speed and are to be sold an Popes head alley by John Sudbury and George Humble
  • Publication date: 1627
  • Physical description: Hand-coloured, double-page engraved map.
  • Dimensions: 385 by 510mm. (15.25 by 20 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11914


A map of Staffordshire, with inset maps of Stafford and Lichfield. To the left is a vignette and description of the Battle of Blore Heath.

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.