Old Colour Map of Wales, Cymru by John Speed, 1610
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This is a rare full colour map of Wales in 1610, created by John Speed - by far the best and most notable British cartographer of the Stuart era. The map was originally published in 1610 in Speed's The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine which would remain one of the finest atlases of the British Isles for a couple of centuries.
This highly detailed map looks great at all sizes from 12x16 inches (30x40cm) to 16x20 (40x50cm) and 18x24 inches (45x60cm). It looks even better when printed large. I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 70 inches wide (180cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised maps or different framing options.
The model in the listing images is holding the 20x16 inch (50x40cm) version of this map.
Most of Wales' most notable towns, villages and cities are already clearly visible in this old map - though some towns and counties had slightly different names back then, like Brecon used to be called Breknok, and Pembrokeshire used to be Penbrokshire.
Cardiff, Newport, Swansea, Denbigh, Carnarvon, Carmarthen, Bangor, Abergavenny, Hay on Wye - they're all here, along with their counties, rivers, villages, mountains and more. This is a wonderfully detailed map of Wales.
Around the edges of the map there are beautiful embellishments, including 16 views of what various Welsh towns looked like back in the 1600s.
This map would certainly make a nice gift for anyone in Wales, or someone who has Wales close to their heart.
You can order the map itself, or you can order a framed version. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that really makes our maps pop out when on a wall. There are also some very large sizes of this map available, which really look spectacular - if you have a big space to present the map, such as a hotel, office, bar, pub, or other big hospitality space that needs decorating.
If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.
I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984 and I'm a 5-star Etsy seller with 1000s of sales and reviews.
This is the cheapest place to buy my maps online.
I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.
Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.