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Maps by John Speed

John Speed antique maps have been a favorite of collectors for four centuries. The British cartographer originally made a living as a tailor, pursuing his interest in antiquities on the side. His big break came in 1598, when under the patronage of Sir Fulke Greville, Speed received an appointment with the customs office under Queen Elizabeth I.

Between 1605 and 1610, Speed collected material for a series of county maps of England and Wales including coin rubbings, coats of arms, and portraits. These town plans were the first of their kind for many of the towns. Speed’s atlas included these maps in the "Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain." Speed’s maps of the countries of the world were published as "A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World."

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SPEED, JOHN. Merionethshire Described 1610.

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SPEED, JOHN. Pembrokshyre described.

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