"These two Speed atlases are considered the most important English language atlases of the 17th century." - David Rumsey (12058)
Beautiful example of the John Dawson and George Humble 1631 edition of John Speed's greatest works, his atlas of the world, A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World, combined with his atlas of the British Isles, The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine.
This is the second combination edition of the atlases; Speed's Prospect was first issued in 1627 by George Humble, shortly before Speed's death in 1629. The Theatre was first published in 1612.
This edition of the world atlas includes 22 double-page engraved maps. The Theatre includes 67 double-page engraved maps of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland as well as their constituent counties.
Ink ownership inscription "Edward Wallis 1791" on title.
A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World includes the following maps:
- A New and Accurat Map of the World Drawne according to ye truest Descriptions latest Discoveries & best Observations yt have beene made by English or Strangers.
- Asia with the Islands adioyning described, the atire of the people, & Townes of importance all of them newly augmented by I. S.
- Africae, described the manners of their Habits, and buildinge: newly done into English by I.S.
- Europ, and the cheife-Cities contayned therin, described: with the habits of most Kingdoms now in use.
- America with those known parts in that unkowne worlde both people and manner of buildings Discribed and inlarged
- Ελλάς | Greece
- A New Mappe of the Romane Empire newly described by John Speede
- A. Newe Mape of Germany Newly Augmented by John Speed.
- Bohemia Newly described by John Speed
- France revised and augmented, the attires of the French and Situations of their chiefest cityes observed by John. Speede.
- A New Mape of Ye XVII Provinces of Low Germanie, mended a new in manie places.
- Spaine Newly described, with many adictions, both in the attires of the people & the Situations of their cheifest Cityes.
- Italia Newly augmented by I. Speede
- The Mape of Hungari newly augmented by John. Speede
- The Kingdome of Denmarke augmented by John Speede
- A Newe. Mape of Poland
- The Kingdome of Persia with the cheef Citties and Habites described.
- The Turkish Empire. Newly Augmented by John Speed 1626.
- the Kingdome of China newly augmented by I.S.
- A Newe Mape of Tartary augmented by John Speede and are to be sold in pops head Alley by George Humble.
- Mappa Aestivarum | A Mapp of the Sommer Islands
- The Invasions of England and Ireland With al their Ciuill Wars Since the Conquest.
The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine includes the following maps:
- The Kingdome of Great Britaine and Ireland
- Britain as it was devided in the tyme of the Englishe Saxons
- The Kingdome of England
- Wight Island
- Midle-Sex described with the Most Famous...
- Bedford Shire
- The Counti of Warwick
- The Countie and Citie of Lyncolne
- The Countie of Nottingham
- Stafford Countie
- Countye Palatine of Chester
- The Countie Pallatine of Lancaster
- York Shire
- The West Ridinge of Yorkeshyre
- North and East Ridings of Yorkshire
- The Bishoprick and Citie of Durham
- The Countie Westmorland
- The Isle of Man
- Holy Island. Garnsey. Farne. Jarsey.
- Caermarden Both Shyre and Towne
- Glamorgan Shyre
- Breknoke Both Shyre and Towne
- The Countie of Radnor
- Cardigan Shyre
- Montgomery Shire
- Caernarvon Both Shyre and shire-tonwe
- The Invasions of England and Ireland
- Kingdome of Scotland
- Kingdome of Irland
- Province of Mounster
- Countie of Leinster
- Province of Connaugh
- Province of Ulster
John Speed (1551 or '52 - 28 July 1629) was the best known English mapmaker of the Stuart period. Speed came to mapmaking late in life, producing his first maps in the 1590s and entering the trade in earnest when he was almost 60 years old.
John Speed's fame, which continues to this day, lies with two atlases, The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine (first published 1612), and the Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World (1627). While The Theatre ... started as solely a county atlas, it grew into an impressive world atlas with the inclusion of the Prospect in 1627. The plates for the atlas passed through many hands in the 17th century, and the book finally reached its apotheosis in 1676 when it was published by Thomas Bassett and Richard Chiswell, with a number of important maps added for the first time.