Speed's map of Ireland
- SPEED, John
- Sudbury and Humble,
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- 396 by 510mm. (15.5 by 20 inches).
Engraved map with hand colouring.
A map of Ireland, with pictures showing the costume of different levels of society, including a pair of "wilde" Irish who wear dyed skins.
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.