Speed's map of Cambridge
By [OUR SHARE OF:] SPEED, John , 1676

Cambridgshire described with the devision of the hundreds, the Townes situation, with the Armes of the Colleges on that famous Universiti. And also the Armes of all such Princes and noblemen as have heeretofore borne the hourable tytles & dignities of the Earldome of Camridg.

British Isles English Counties
  • Author: [OUR SHARE OF:] SPEED, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: John Sudbury and George Humble
  • Publication date: 1627
  • Physical description: Engraved map with hand colouring.
  • Dimensions: 396 by 510mm. (15.5 by 20 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11728


A beautifully coloured map of Cambridgeshire.

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 XXVII.
  2. Ashley Bayton-Williams, 'Subsequent Ownership of Speed's Plates', MapForum