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Brecknoc comitatus ...

Brecknoc comitatus ... : C. Saxton / W. Kip

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From Camden's Britannia this map of Brecon is based on Christopher Saxton's work, first published in atlas form in 1579. A title cartouche appears in the upper right corner and a mileage scale is also shown. William Kip is named as the engraver. An attractive and important early map of the county. William Camden's great historical description of the British Isles, "Britannia", first appeared in 1586. Originally lacking any maps it was decided that, for the edition of 1607, maps, copied mainly from Christopher Saxton's and John Norden's recent work, would be re-engraved by William Kip and William Hole. Saxton's atlas of 1579 had been the first to show English and Welsh county maps, but had shown many of the counties grouped together. The maps for "Britannia" are well engraved, clearly detailed, and, with elegant flourishes to the typography, constitute the first series to show each county of England and Wales separately.
mapmakers: C. Saxton   W. Kip  
place and date of publication: London 1607-1637
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 265 by 315mm (10.5 by 12.5 inches).
ref: 41137
literature: Skelton, County Atlases Of The British Isles, p.29.

Price: £ 240

 
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