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

Oxfordshire described with ye citie and the armes of the colledges of ye famous university Anno 1605.

British Isles English Counties
  • Author: SPEED, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Performed by John Speede and are to be sold in popes head alley against the Exchange by I.S. & G.H.
  • Publication date: 1627
  • Physical description: Engraved map with hand colouring.
  • Dimensions: 380 by 520mm. (15 by 20.5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11802


A map of Oxfordshire, with an inset map of the city of Oxford and a border made up of the coats of arms of the university colleges. At the bottom, the scale bar has been decorated with a globe and two scholars, one of whom is using a pair of compasses to measure out the scale bar.

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.