Blome 1681

149mm h x 212mm w

Blome 1681

Speed's Maps Epitomiz'd

These maps were engraved at about the same time as his Britannia of 1673, but it was 8 years before he published this smaller scale atlas, capitalizing on the fame of Speed but having no connection with that.

Displayed scale of 5 miles = 21mm, or 6.0 miles/inch; scale actual = 8.1 miles/inch, or 1:500,000.

This atlas was more successful than his 1673 one - it was reprinted (under other names) until about 1750, whereas the Britannia was not reprinted after 1677.

As with his larger 1673 plates, these are truly ugly, crudely executed maps.

© Peter Walker 2013