Speed’s map of the West Riding of Yorkshire

By SPEED, John, 1627 

The West Riding of Yorkeshyre with the most famous and fayre citie Yorke described.

British Isles English Counties
  • Author: SPEED, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Performed by Iohan Speede, And are to be sold in Popes heade Alley, against the Exchange, by Iohn Sudbury and George Humbell at the white horse
  • Publication date: 1627
  • Physical description: Engraved map with hand colouring.
  • Dimensions: 380 by 505mm. (15 by 20 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11779


A beautifully coloured map of the West Riding of Yorkshire with an inset map of the city of York.

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. 


  1. Chubb XXV.
    • Chubb, T., Skells, J. and Beharrell, H. (1977). The printed maps in the atlases of Great Britain and Ireland. Folkestone: Dawson.