John Speed’s famous map of Asia published in A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World. The map has the imprint of Thomas Bassett and Richard Chiswell within the title, and at lower left that of the engraver Francis Lamb. The map first appeared in the enlarged edition of Speed's world atlas in 1676.
Detailed map of Asia, extending from India to Japan and south to Timor by one of the most influential map makers of the C17th. Decorative title comprising of turbaned Oriental figures. Speed was born in Cheshire, followed his father’s trade of a tailor until the age of fifty. His wife bore him 12 sons & 6 daughters! A keen amateur historian & mapmaker who was given an allowance by Sir Greville to devote his whole attention to his research.
From best edition of the most influential atlas by England’s greatest cartographer. John Speed’s fame, which continues to this day, lies with his 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 & 1676). The map was published posthumously in the 1676 edition of the Prospect , with 8 new maps (on 7 mapsheets) not previously available in the first edition: New England (Burden 455), Virginia and Maryland (Burden 456), Carolina (Burden 457), Jamaica and Barbados, East India, Russia and Canaan.
‘The 1676 edition of John Speed's famous atlas marked the high point of its publishing history’ (Burden).
English text on verso with page numbers 51 & 52.
References: Durand p.104, Pl.31, Ill p.105, Parry p.135, Pl. 5.3, Quirino p.109, Not in Sweet
Collections: David Rumsey Collection - List No: 12058.219, National Library of Australia - Bib ID3428400, Stanford Library - purl.stanford.edu/kn459jy2652,