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Speed's map of the Isle of Wight

Title
Wight Island
Author
SPEED, John
Publisher
Described by William White Gent, Augmented and published by Iohn Speed Citizen of London, And are to be solde in Popes head alley against the Exchange by IOhn Sudbury and G. Humbell,
Publication place
London,
Publication date
[1627].
Dimensions
380 by 505mm. (15 by 20 inches).
Price
£700
Reference
11781

Description

Engraved map with hand colouring.

Notes

A beautifully coloured map of the Isle of Wight, with inset maps of Newport and Southampton.

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

Chubb XXV.