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Salopiae Conitatus ...

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Salopiae Conitatus ... : C. Saxton / W. Hole

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An early and attractive map of Shropshire from Camden's "Britannia". William Camden (1551-1623) was an English historian and antiquary who devoted himself to the study of the antiquities of Britain, travelling round the country visiting sites. The results of his work were brought together in the "Britannia", first published in 1586 then much reissued and augmented over the following two centuries. However, one of the few criticisms levelled at the first edition of this work was the absence of maps. This failing was remedied in the sixth edition of 1607 for which maps were commissioned from William Kip and William Hole. Drawing on the surveys of Christopher Saxton, John Norden and the Anonymous/William Smith series, they produced a series of 57 maps. The maps are clearly engraved, often with decorative cartouches displaying ships and sea monsters. These maps form an attractive and popular series. A number are the earliest individual maps of some counties that can be obtained - although the maps are predated by those of the Saxton atlas, first published in 1579 and now very rare, Saxton frequently combined counties on one sheet, rather than mapping them separately and Kip and Hole did. Three editions of the Kip and Hole maps may be found. Restoration to upper left corner (paper reinstatement) not affecting the printed area.
region: Shropshire
mapmakers: C. Saxton   W. Hole  
place and date of publication: London 1607 - 1637
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 270 by 330mm (10.75 by 13 inches).
ref: 41130

Price: £ 340£ 204

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