Shelfmark: (E) C17:49 (114)
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A successor to Christopher Saxton, John Speed also mapped the counties of England and Wales in his atlas volume, The Theatre, which accompanied his Historie of Great Britaine. Working very much to Saxton’s blueprint, this slightly more detailed depiction of Oxfordshire also features county (and hundred) boundaries, rivers, towns and villages, parks surrounded by palings (for example Rycote), woodland, and relief shown rather less dramatically than by Saxton using rounded hills. There are again no roads shown. Where this map differs from its predecessors though, is the inset town plan of Oxford, a technique unused in English county mapping prior to Speed. Scale: c1:160,000.