One of the most decorative maps of Cornwall
By SPEED, John , 1611

Cornwall, Described by the travills of John Norden, augmented and published by John Speed

British Isles English Counties
  • Author: SPEED, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: [Sudbury & Humble
  • Publication date: 1611].
  • Physical description: Double-page engraved map, English text verso, centre fold re-enforced at foot.
  • Dimensions: 385 by 510mm. (15.25 by 20 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 2414


One of the most decorative maps of the county: a large Royal crest, eight armorials, a prospect of Launceston, four antiquities and galleons and sea-monsters fill the space around the peninsula. The English text on verso gives a history of the county and an extensive list of towns and villages.

Speed took as his source material John Norden’s map of the county. John Norden (1548-1625) had himself planned a county atlas of England and Wales. However, he only managed to survey eight of the fifty-two counties before he ran into financial trouble