Speed's map of the West Riding of Yorkshire
By SPEED, John , 1627

The West Riding of Yorkeshyre with the most famous and fayre citie Yorke described.

British Isles English Counties
  • Author: SPEED, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Performed by Iohan Speede, And are to be sold in Popes heade Alley, against the Exchange, by Iohn Sudbury and George Humbell at the white horse
  • Publication date: 1627
  • Physical description: Engraved map with hand colouring.
  • Dimensions: 380 by 505mm. (15 by 20 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11779


A beautifully coloured map of the West Riding of Yorkshire with an inset map of the city of York.

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.