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Wiltoniae Comitatus

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Wiltoniae Comitatus : C. Saxton / W. Kip

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An interesting example of one of the first maps ever published of the county of Wiltshire, curiously shown with north to the left of the plate. William Camden's important account of the history and topography of Britain was first issued in 1586 but lacked any maps. For a new edition, of 1607, the engravers William Kip and William Hole produced a series of finely engraved county maps based on those of John Norden and Christopher Saxton whose atlas of 1579 was the first to show the English and Welsh counties in detail. Saxton, however had grouped many counties together so this new series showed, for the first time, many populous and wealthy counties on their own. This new series is distinguished by elegant Tudor decoration with elaborate title cartouches, flamboyant script flourishes, the towns depicted according to size, hills in profile, forested areas, parks, and so on. Many of the coastal counties also featured ships and sea monsters. The series appeared in three editions, all now increasingly rare, this being from 1610. This example has light old colouration and, having been trimmed close when published has reinforced margins but no detail missing.
region: Wiltshire
mapmakers: C. Saxton   W. Kip  
place and date of publication: London 1607-1610
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 280 by 360mm (11 by 14.25 inches).
ref: 44038

Price: £ 260

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