Speed’s map of the Isle of Wight

By SPEED, John, 1627 

Wight Island

British Isles English Counties
  • Author: SPEED, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Described by William White Gent, Augmented and published by Iohn Speed Citizen of London, And are to be solde in Popes head alley against the Exchange by IOhn Sudbury and G. Humbell
  • Publication date: 1627
  • Physical description: Engraved map with hand colouring.
  • Dimensions: 380 by 505mm. (15 by 20 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11781

Notes

A beautifully coloured map of the Isle of Wight, with inset maps of Newport and Southampton.

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.