Coloured map of Scotland from a ca 1627 George Humble edition John Speed’s famous atlas of the British Isles entitled “Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain”. Surely the most decorative map of Scotland, it is the first state of the map showing portraits of James I, Queen Anna and their sons. This version of the map appeared in the atlas until 1652, at which time the four royal portraits were replaced with pictures of commoners. A description of Scotland appears on the verso in English. Other than some short tears and repairs to the blank margins not affecting the image, a strong dark impression in excellent condition. 38 cm x 51 cm