• Marion Wynne-Davies
Part of the Transitions book series (TRANSs)


The above quotation is taken from John Speed’s A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World (1627), which was the first world atlas to be compiled by an Englishman.1 To the present-day reader the spiritual tone of Speed’s opening sentence appears anachronistic for a geographical text, yet as the passage progresses the link becomes clear:

Heaven was too long a reach for man to recover at one step. And therefore God first placed him upon the earth, that he might for a time contemplate upon his inferior workes, magnifie them in his Creator: and receive here a hope of a fuller blisse, which by degrees he should at last enjoy in his place of rest. (Speed 1627, 1)


English Prose Holy City Travel Writing Travel Literature Linear Narrative 
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© Marion Wynne-Davies 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marion Wynne-Davies
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  1. 1.University of DundeeUK

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