Baynton-Williams Gallery: Fine Antiquarian Maps and Prints

Speed map of Dorset

Speed map of Dorset
John Speed.
Dorsetshyre With the Shyre-Towne Dorchester Described, as Also the Armes of Such Noble Families as Have Bene Honored with the Titles There of Since the Normans Conquest to this Present Anno 1662.
[London: Roger Rea, 1662.]
Engraving with later colour.  390 x 510mm 
John Speed's famous map of Dorset, with inset plan of Dorchester, decorated with armorials. Roger Rea's issue of the Speed maps is uncommon: there is evidence that despite the engraved date of 1662 the edition was not completed until 1665. Then, according to an advert for the Bassett & Chiswell edition of 1676, all the unsold sheets were burned in the Great Fire of London in 1666.

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