Speed's map of Ulster
- The Province of Ulster Described
- SPEED, John
- Performed by John Speede and are to be solde by Thomas Bassett in Fleet Street, and Richard Chiswell in St Pauls Church yard,
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- 379 by 512mm. (15 by 20.25 inches).
Double page engraved map with hand colouring.
A map of Ulster, with an inset map of Enniskillen Castle. Enniskillen would have been known in Speed's times for its role in Irish rebellions against English rule; it was taken after a siege in 1594.
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.
Ashley Bayton-Williams, 'Subsequent Ownership of Speed's Plates', MapForum.