|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Artist||van den Keere, Pieter|
|Published||[London, c. 1665]|
|Dimensions||85 x 124 mm|
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.
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 sheet, foxing stains to bottom right margin.