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Wiltshire County Maps
6 6 : Speed, John 1611


John Speed produced his decorative and innovative series of county maps in 1610 for his atlas "The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine". These were the first maps to include boundaries for all the hundreds. The addition of town plans, vignette views and heraldic devices gave the maps far greater visual appeal, although the cartographical content was copied from Saxton or Norden. The Wiltshire map is one of the most attractive thanks to the view of Stonehenge. It also features a famous error whereby the village of North Burcombe is wrongly named as "Quare". This error was copied on numerous subsequent maps until eventually corrected in the 1722 edition of Morden's map.

Proof copies exist that may have been printed before 1610. After this there were many editions up to 1656. The most obvious changes to the plate are the publishers' imprints:

1 1610, 1614, 1627, 1646 John Sudbury and George Humble
2 1662 Roger Rea
3 1676 Bassett & Chiswell
4 1713 Henry Overton
5 1743 Henry Overton (date 1610 removed)
(6 1770 Dicey & Co - no copy yet found for Wilts)

There were minor intermediate changes to the plate but the most significant change was the addition of roads in the Overton edition.

There were changes on the versos which can be blank or have text for which there are numerous variations. There is also a scarce edition of 1616 with Latin text.


Examples can be found in the following English County Atlases.
7 : Speed (Sudbury & Humble) The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine 1611-12 in state 1
10 : Speed (Sudbury & Humble) The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine 1614 (1616) in state 1
11 : Speed (Sudbury & Humble) Theatrum Imperii Magnae Britanniae 1616 in state 1
14 : Speed (Sudbury & Humble) The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine 1614 (1623) in state 1
16 : Speed (G Humble) The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine 1627 in state 1
18 : Speed (G Humble) The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine 1627 (1632) in state 1
36 : Speed (W Humble) The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine 1627 (1646) in state 1
48 : Speed (W Humble) The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine 1650 in state 1
50 : Speed (W Humble) The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine 1650 (1651) in state 1
51 : Speed (W Humble) The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine 1650 (1652) in state 1
55 : Speed (W Humble) The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine 1650 (1653) in state 1
57 : Speed (W Humble) The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine 1650 (1654) in state 1
81 : Speed (R Rea) The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine 1650 (1665?) in state 2
89 : John Overton (Overton Atlas I) (Atlas without title) 1670c in state 2
92 : Speed (Bassett & Chiswell) The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine 1676 in state 3
116 : Speed (C Browne) (Atlas without title) 1695c in state 3
135 : Speed Overton (Atlas I) England Fully Described 1713c in state 3
136 : Speed Overton (Atlas II) England Fully Described 1716c in state 3
137 : Speed Overton (Atlas III) England Fully Described 1720c in state 4
138 : Speed Overton (Atlas IV) England Fully Described 1743 in state 5

Examples (5)

Ref: 13905
State: 1
Title: Wilt Shire
Date: 1616

Not for sale
Ref: 29012
State: 2
Title: Wilt Shire
Date: 1662

Wanted
Ref: 29013
State: 3
Title: Wilt Shire
Date: 1676

Wanted
Ref: 8028
State: 4
Title: Wilt Shire
Date: 1713

Not for sale
Ref: 29014
State: 5
Title: Wilt Shire
Date: 1770

Wanted

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