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

Kent with her cities and earles described and observed.

British Isles English Counties
  • Author: SPEED, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Performed by IOhn Speede and Are to be sold by G. Humble in popes head Alley
  • Publication date: 1627
  • Physical description: Engraved map with hand colouring.
  • Dimensions: 375 by 505mm. (14.75 by 20 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11801


A map of Kent, with inset maps of Rochester and Canterbury.

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.