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


Europe Spain & Portugal
  • Author: SPEED, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Are to be sould by George Humble in pops-head alley against the Exchange
  • Publication date: 1631
  • Physical description: Engraved map with colouring.
  • Dimensions: 410 by 520mm. (16.25 by 20.5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11413


A map of Spain, with a decorative border containing depictions of Spaniards in regional costume. The Balearics appear marked as the ‘Pyne Ilands’.

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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