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

Herefordshire described with the true plot of the citie of Hereford as alsoe the armes of those nobles that have been intitled with that dignity.

British Isles English Counties
  • Author: SPEED, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Performed by Iohn Speede, And are to be solde in Popes head alley against the Exchange by Iohn Sudbury and George Humbell
  • Publication date: 1627
  • Physical description: Engraved map with hand colouring.
  • Dimensions: 380 by 505mm. (15 by 20 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11766


A beautifully coloured map of Herefordshire, with an inset of the city of Hereford and a vignette of the Battle of Mortimer’s Cross, a key battle in the Wars of the Roses. The picture shows the omen seen before the battle: three suns (a phenomenon known as a sundog, or parhelion) appeared in the sky.

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.