Posts tagged: John Speed

‘Picture This #4′—John Speed map of Cambridgeshire

By , 5 September 2011 2:48 pm

Detail from John Speed's atlas

The map of Cambridgeshire from the Library’s copy of John Speed’s Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine is the fourth image in the University’s ‘Picture This’ series – short articles exploring images from around the University. Published 400 years ago in 1611/12, Speed’s atlas is one of the world’s great cartographic treasures and marked the first time that comprehensive plans of English and Welsh counties and towns were made available in print.

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Mapping the origins of a masterpiece

By , 21 April 2011 5:42 pm

Detail from John Speed's atlas

Published 400 years ago, the first comprehensive atlas of Great Britain has been digitised by Cambridge University Library, home to one of only five surviving proof sets.

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