Speed’s map of Surrey

By SPEED, John, 1627 

Surrey described and divided into hundreds.

British Isles English Counties
  • Author: SPEED, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Are to be solde in popes-head Alley against the exchange by John Sudbury and George Humble
  • Publication date: 1627
  • Physical description: Engraved map with hand colouring.
  • Dimensions: 385 by 515mm. (15.25 by 20.25 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11803

Notes

A map of Surrey, with inset views of the palaces of Richmond and Nonsuch, both royal Tudor residences which were demolished by the end of the seventeenth century. Nonsuch was given by Charles II to Barbara, Countess of Castlemaine, who then tore it apart to pay gambling debts; Richmond was sold by Parliament after the execution of Charles I.

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.