Speed's map of Caernarfonshire
By SPEED, John , 1627

Caernarvon both Shyre and shire-towne with the ancient citie Bangor described.

British Isles Wales
  • Author: SPEED, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Performed by Iohn Spede and are to be solde in Popes head Alley over against the Exchange by Iohn Sudbury and George Humble
  • Publication date: 1627
  • Physical description: Engraved map with hand colouring.
  • Dimensions: 380 by 510mm. (15 by 20 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11787


A beautifully coloured map of the historic county of Caernarvon, now Caernarfonshire, with inset maps of Caernarfon and Bangor.

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.


  1. Chubb XXV.