Speed’s map of the North and East Ridings of Yorkshire

By SPEED, John, 1627 

The North and East Ridings of Yorkshire

British Isles English Counties
  • Author: SPEED, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Performed by Iohn Speede, And are to be sold in Popes heade Alley against the Exchange by Iohn Sudbury and George Humbell
  • Publication date: 1627
  • Physical description: Engraved map with hand colouring.
  • Dimensions: 390 by 515mm. (15.25 by 20.25 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11780


A beautifully coloured map of the North and East Ridings of Yorkshire with inset maps of the cities of Hull and Richmond.

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.