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

Dorsetshyre With the Shyre-towne Dorchester described, as also the Armes of such noble families as have bene honored with the Titles there of since the Normans Conquest to this present Anno 1610.

British Isles English Counties
  • Author: SPEED, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publication date: 1627
  • Physical description: Engraved map with hand colouring.
  • Dimensions: 380 by 510mm. (15 by 20 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11798


A map of Dorset, with an inset map of Dorchester.

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.