|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Artist||van den Keere, Pieter|
|Published||[London, c. 1665]|
|Dimensions||Each map approx. 86 x 123 mm|
Set of five miniature maps; one double hemisphere and four continents.
Originally produced for Speed's A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World, printed by Miles Fletcher for William Humble, in 1646. The maps in the publication are generally referred to as 'miniature Speed maps', and were the last miniature maps created by van den Keere before his death.
Several further editions were produced after van den Keere's death, with Roger Rea reprinting the maps in 1662, 1665, 1666, and 1668. In 1676, Thomas Basset and Richard Chiswell also reprinted the maps. Towards the end of the 17th century, Charles Brome acquired the plates and used them for editions of Bohun's Geographical Dictionary. It is likely that Brome used the plates for other publications as well.
Although the World Map and the America map are both inscribed with '1646', the maps are from a later edition. When reprinting the maps, the date was not changed on the plates.
Pieter van den Keere came to England in 1584, as a Protestant refugee from his home town of Ghent with his sister Colette, who married Jodocus Hondius, in 1587. It was probably from Hondius that Keere learned to engrave. Both engravers left London in 1593 to settle in Amsterdam.
English text on verso describing the areas shown on the maps.
Condition: Time toning to sheets, surface abrasion to Europa map left margin, light staining to centre of Asia map, dot of foxing to upper right of Africa map.