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The 17th century mapmaker Pieter van den Keere

PIETER VAN DEN KEERE

A early 17th century mapmaker who produced a series of small maps often referred to as Miniature Speed Maps

  •  Frontispiece to Pieter van den Keere Atlas dated 1627

    Frontispiece to Pieter van den Keere Atlas dated 1627

Atlas Frontispiece 1627

1593 onwards. Miniature county maps of England and Wales. Areas of Scotland and the Provinces of Ireland.


Pieter was born in Ghent in the Netherlands in about 1571, the son of a type-founder. At the age of 13 he came to England as a Protestant refugee with his sister Colette. Three years later Colette married Jodocus Hondius and it was with guidance from him that Pieter probably acquired his skill as an engraver. The three of them left England in 1593 to settle in Amsterdam

In 1599 Pieter started working on the engraving of a series of miniature county maps for a British Isles Atlas. They appeared in an atlas published by Willem Blaeu in 1617. Guileemi Camdeni Britannia in epitomes contracta

The plates were later acquired by the London publisher George Humble. He together with John Sudbury were the publishers of John Speeds Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine. Humble's outstanding success with this folio atlas prompted him to publish Keere's maps in a new form. Out went the Latin titles and in came English titles. Further maps were produced so there was one of each county. The title page to the atlas says from a "farr Larger Voulome Done by John Speed". The maps are therefore often referred to as 'Miniature Speeds'. The only relation to the Speed maps is that the text used in the Speed atlas was also used in the Keere atlas. The two works were also in the hands of the same publishers and the publishing of a new edition of Speed's Theatre usually coincided with a new edition of the miniature atlas.

An interesting addition to a county map collection. Still reasonable in price for their age thanks to their popularity and number of editions.

Editions:

Guileemi Camdeni Britannia in epitomes contracta. Amsterdam. Willem J. Blaeu 1617

England, Wales and Ireland. London, George Humble, 1619

England, Wales Scotland and Ireland described. London, George Humble, 1627, 1632; William Humble, 1646; Roger Rea, 1662, 1665, 1666, 1668; Thomas Basset and Richard Chiswell, 1676

British Isles Map Gallery

  •  Connaught, Ireland by Pieter van den Keere

    Connaught, Ireland by Pieter van den Keere

  •  Ulster, Ireland by Pieter van den Keere

    Ulster, Ireland by Pieter van den Keere

  •  Bedfordshire by Pieter van den Keere

    Bedfordshire by Pieter van den Keere

Rest of the World

  •  Denmarkby Pieter van den Keere

    Denmarkby Pieter van den Keere

  •  Germany by Pieter van den Keere

    Germany by Pieter van den Keere

  •  Greece by Pieter van den Keere

    Greece by Pieter van den Keere

  •  Spian and Portugal by Pieter van den Keere

    Spian and Portugal by Pieter van den Keere

  •  Turkish Empire by Pieter van den Keere

    Turkish Empire by Pieter van den Keere

  •  Map of the continent of Asia by Pieter van den Keere

    Map of the continent of Asia by Pieter van den Keere

  •  Map of Persia by Pieter van den Keere

    Map of Persia by Pieter van den Keere

  •  Map of the Roman Empire by Pieter van den Keere

    Map of the Roman Empire by Pieter van den Keere

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The 17th century mapmaker Pieter van den Keere

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