“The Kingdome of China”
By SPEED, John, 1626
the Kingdome of China newly augmented by I.S. 1626
- Author: SPEED, John
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: Are to be sold by Roger Rea the Elder and younger at the Golden Crosse in Cornhill against the Exchange
- Publication date: 1626.
- Physical description: Double-page engraved map, fine contemporary outline hand colour.
- Dimensions: 406 by 525mm. (16 by 20.75 inches).
- Inventory reference: 18658
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. This map is 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. Queen Elizabeth Ist granted him rooms in the Custom House, on the banks of the River Thames in London, to produce his work.
The English text description of China in 1626, is continued on the reverse of the map.