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Glamorganshire : C. Saxton / P. Lea

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An attractive example of a rare edition of one of the most important maps of the county - Christopher Saxton's atlas of England and Wales, in which this map was first published, being the first National atlas of any country, the first of this. Saxton's plates remained in use, with variations and up-dates for many years and this example is of the earliest edition of Lea's republication. In around 1665 the instrument-maker and mapseller Philip Lea (d.1700) came into possession of the Saxton plates. Lea re-engraved two plates which were missing, perhaps casualties of the Great Fire, and reworked the original plates, enriching Saxton's maps by incorporating geographical and decorative detail, mainly from those of Speed and Ogilby, modernising and substituting English (for Latin) titles and scales. This map does not have the town maps of Cardiff and Llandaff, added in later editions. Minor marginal repairs but very acceptable.
mapmakers: C. Saxton   P. Lea
place and date of publication: London 1579 - 1665
medium and colour: Copperplate engraving, Coloured
size in mm: 350 by 490mm (13.75 by 19.25 inches).
ref: 41542
literature: See R.A.Skelton. County Atlases of the British Isles 1579-1703. 112.

Price: £ 1200

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