Speed’s map of Germany
By SPEED, John , 1626, [but 1627-1632]

A Newe Mape of Germany Newly Augmented by: Iohn Speed. Ano. Dom: 1626.

Europe Germany
  • 作者: SPEED, John
  • 出版地: [London]
  • 出版商: Are to be sold in pops-head Alley by G. Humble
  • 发布日期: 1626, [but 1627-1632].
  • 物理描述: Double-page engraved map with hand-colour.
  • 方面: 405 by 525mm. (16 by 20.75 inches).
  • 库存参考: 21917


A map covering Germany and parts of present-day Austria, from the first atlas compiled and published by an Englishman, Speed’s ‘Prospect’. A decorative border along each side shows figures dressed in regional costume, and, along the top, views of major cities.

Accompanying text in English, ‘The Description of Germany’, is printed on the reverse.

John Speed (1552-1629) was the outstanding cartographer of his age. By trade a merchant tailor, but by proclivity a historian, it was the patronage of Sir Fulke Greville, poet and statesman, that allowed him to pursue this interest in earnest. His ‘Theatre of Great Britain’, first published in 1611 or 1612, was the first large-scale printed atlas of the British Isles. The ‘Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World’, from which the present work is drawn, appeared in 1627, bound with the ‘Theatre’, and is the first world atlas compiled by an Englishman to be published in England. Engraved in Amsterdam, many of the maps are anglicized versions of works by Dutch makers in distinctive carte-à-figure style, featuring borders with figures in local costume and city views.


  1. Chubb, XXV
  2. Shirley [Atlases], T.SPE-2a.