WELSH COUNTY MAP OF CARDIGAN BY CHRISTOPHER SAXTON

 

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AUTHOR:

CHRISTOPHER SAXTON / WILLIAM KIP / CAMDEN, WILLIAM

TITLE:

Cardigan Comitatus pars Olim Dimetarvm

CONDITION:

10 3/8” x 12 1/2”. Hand color. Laid down with some minor repairs. Losses to left margin not affecting printed surface.

DATE:

1607

DESCRIPTION:

“The first printed maps of the Welsh counties were surveyed by Christopher Saxton, a Yorkshirman attached to the household of Thomas Seckford... [who] persuaded the Privy Council to grant Saxton special facilities to survey the Counties of England and Wales. Anticipating difficulties in Wales, an order was sent in 1576 to all Mayors and Justices of the Peace in the Principality instructing them to assist ‘in all such places where he shall come for the view of such places, to describe certain counties in cartes’” -- Evans. Saxton’s map of Cardigan was engraved by William Kip for the 1607 edition of William Camden’s Britannia, a history of Britain from pre-Roman times.

REFERENCES:

Evans, Maps of Wales and Welsh Cartographers, Map Collector’s Circle #13 (1964), pp. 6-7; Booth, #40.

Inventory No. 7852

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