Speed’s view of the world
By SPEED, John, 1631
[Set of the world and continents]
- Author: SPEED, John
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: George Humble
- Publication date: 1631
- Physical description: Engraved maps with hand colouring.
- Dimensions: 400 by 520mm. (15.75 by 20.5 inches).
- Inventory reference: 11414
John Speed (1552–1629) was the outstanding cartographer of his age. His ‘Theatre of Great Britain’, first published in 1611 or 1612, was the first atlas of Great Britain: Speed prepared the maps himself about two years before they were published. These maps are from the ‘Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World’, produced in collaboration with Speed to accompany the ‘Theatre’ and published in a joint edition by George Humble in 1631. Many of the maps were anglicized versions of works by Dutch makers, who introduced the carte-à-figure style, with borders of figures in local costume and city views.
- Chubb XXV.
- Chubb, T., Skells, J. and Beharrell, H. (1977). The printed maps in the atlases of Great Britain and Ireland. Folkestone: Dawson.