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Speed's map of Cambridge

Title
Cambridgshire described with the devision of the hundreds, the Townes situation, with the Armes of the Colleges on that famous Universiti. And also the Armes of all such Princes and noblemen as have heeretofore borne the hourable tytles & dignities of the Earldome of Camridg.
Author
SPEED, John
Publisher
John Sudbury and George Humble,
Publication place
London,
Publication date
[1627].
Dimensions
396 by 510mm. (15.5 by 20 inches).
Price
£1,000
Reference
11728

Description

Engraved map with hand colouring.

Notes

A beautifully coloured map of Cambridgeshire.

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

Ashley Bayton-Williams, 'Subsequent Ownership of Speed's Plates', MapForum; Chubb XXVII.