Speed's map of Hungary
By SPEED, John , 1631

The Mape of Hungari The Mape of Hungari newly augemented by John Speede Ano Dom: 1626

Eastern Europe Europe
  • Author: SPEED, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Are to be sold in Popes-head alley by George Humble
  • Publication date: 1631
  • Physical description: Engraved map with hand colouring.
  • Dimensions: 396 by 520mm. (15.5 by 20.5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11403


A map of Hungary and part of modern Slovakia, with a decorative border showing the native costumes of different regions and views of principal cities, surmounted by the arms of the Holy Roman Emperors.

John Speed (1552-1629) was the outstanding cartographer of his age. His ‘Theatre of Great Britain’, first published in 1611 or 1612, was the first atlas of Great Britain: Speed prepared the maps himself about two years before they were published. This map is from the ‘Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World’, produced in collaboration with Speed to accompany the ‘Theatre’ and published in a joint edition by George Humble in 1631. Many of the maps were anglicized versions of works by Dutch makers, who introduced the carte-à-figure style, with borders of figures in local costume and city views.


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