C1676

The Isle of Man

Mapmaker:

John Speed (1552 - 1629)

English text on verso and with the imprint, ‘Sold by Thomas Basset and Richard Chiswell’, lower left, only printed in 1676 before the first Overton edition, published in 1710. The map is based on survey made by Thomas Durham, a … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Isle of Man

Date:

C1676

Mapmaker:

John Speed (1552 - 1629)

Engraver:

Jodocus Hondius 
(1563 – 
1612)

Condition:

A little toning as usual, otherwise in good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring

Image Size: 

505mm 
x 380mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Isle of Man - Antique Print from 1676

Genuine antique
dated:

1676

Description:

English text on verso and with the imprint, ‘Sold by Thomas Basset and Richard Chiswell’, lower left, only printed in 1676 before the first Overton edition, published in 1710. The map is based on survey made by Thomas Durham, a surveyor. The map is embellished with ships in full sail and sea monsters. The design of the royal arms, three legs of man are at the top of the decorative title cartouche.

References Chubb, The Atlases of Great Britain and Ireland. pp.39-40

Biography:

John Speed (1552-1629)

Speed was born at Cheshire, and went into his father’s tailoring business. While working in London, his knowledge of history led him into learned circles and he came to the attention of Sir Fulke Greville, who subsequently made him an allowance to enable him to devote his whole attention to research. As a reward for his earlier efforts, Queen Elizabeth granted Speed the use of a room in the Custom House.

Speed began his Historie of Great Britaine, which was first published in 1611 and is an important record of the British towns depicted on his maps . In 1627 George Humble published the Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World, printed by John Dawson. This is the world map from this atlas with Speed’s name in the title, but not attributed to him.  His atlas The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine was published in 1610-11, and contained the first series of individual county maps of England and Wales. It also included maps of Ireland and Scotland.

In 1627, two years before his death, Speed published Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World which was the first world atlas produced by an Englishman. Like his other publications Speed used the Dutch map engraver Jodocus Hondius to engrave the plates. 

Speeds maps rightly hold a premier place in the cartography of Britain, with their superb embellishments and fine engraving made at the height of the Golden Age of mapmaking.

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