Italy (map opened to)
Date of Creation:
Italy, John Speed, 1626 (1676)
In The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine... A Prospect of the most Famous Part of the World... With Many Additions never before Extant. London, Thomas Bassett and Richard Chiswell, London, 1676.
The Theatre of Great Britain was first published in 1611-1612, and A Prospect was added to extend the coverage to make a true world atlas. Though an English atlas, the maps are from a combination of sources and involve maps from, or engraved in, Holland. The carte à figures itself is borrowed from Dutch publishers’ successful marketing of the style.