A good impression of Speed’s map of Pembrokeshire. His maps are noted for being the first to include the boundaries of the hundreds, and for introducing town plans on the maps, here a fine plan of ‘Penbroke’ upper left and Saint Davids lower right. John Speed (1552-1629) published the ‘Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine’ in 1612, the first atlas of the whole British Isles. He is arguably the most famous English cartographer, He was a tailor by trade and had a fascination for history, using numerous sources for the counties and had the plates engraved by Jodocus Hondius in Amsterdam. This example is from the 1676 edition published by Thomas Bassett and Richard Chiswell. Provenance: Doreen Green 1990; private English collection. Quixley (1966) no. 7; Skelton 92.