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Wiltshire County Map by John Speed

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  • Attractive reproduction of original John Speed map
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These reproduction maps of English counties and cities were originally created by the cartographer and historian John Speed (1552–1629). Speed was born at Farndon in Cheshire, and as a young man joined his fathers tailoring business where he worked until middle age. He moved to London circa 1582 and it was while working there that his knowledge of history led him into learned circles. He joined the Society of Antiquaries where his interests came to the attention of Sir Fulke Greville, who’s patronage in 1598 allowed Speed to devote his whole attention to his interests. As a reward for his earlier efforts, Queen Elizabeth granted him the use of a room in the Custom House. It was with the encouragement of William Camden that he began his Historie of Great Britaine, which was published in 1611. Although Speed probably had access to historical sources that are now lost to us he certainly used the work of Saxton and Norden, his work as a historian is considered mediocre and secondary in importance to his map-making, of which his most important contribution is probably his town plans, many of which provide the first visual record of the British towns they depict.

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