SPEED, John (1552-1629). Devonshire with Excester described and the Armes of such Nobles as have borne the titles of them.
Original copper engraving with hand colour, published by Thomas Bassett & Richard Chiswell, printed in 1676. 400 x 525 mm.
With English text to verso..
Inset view of Exeter.
Showing coat of arms of families who have been dignified with the titles of Devonshire and Excester.
John Speed is arguably the most famous of all the British cartographers. His Theatre Of The Empire Of Great Britaine, first published in 1611, was the first atlas to cover all of Great Britain whilst his later work of 1627, Prospect Of The Most Famous Parts Of The World was the first world atlas to be published by an Englishman. In his county maps Speed updated the work of Saxton and Norden adding his own innovations such as inset town plans and views of local landmarks resulting in maps that were not only the most accurate and informative of the day but also the most decorative.