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Saxton & Kip: Staffordiae Comitatus Pars olim Cornauiorum

Map: STAFFS237
Cartographer: Saxton & Kip
Title: Staffordiae Comitatus Pars olim Cornauiorum
Date: 1637
Published: London
Width: 15 inches / 39 cm
Height: 11 inches / 28 cm
Map ref: STAFFS237
This beautiful county map of Staffordshire is one of the earliest printed maps of the county. It was published by Johannes Kip in 1637 to illustrate a new edition of William Camden's Britannia. The geography is derived from the first printed map of Staffordshire, published by Christopher Saxton in his Atlas of the Counties of England and Wales (1579), the first atlas of British counties. Unusually, Kip does not credit Saxton in the lower-left corner as on most of his maps, and instead includes only his own name as the engraver of the map.

Kip's map is smaller and lacking in some of the grander decorative elements of Saxton's earlier map, but it retains much of the charm associated with early 17th century cartography with large strapwork cartouches, swash lettering, and crudely-drawn features. These Saxton/Kip maps remain desirable as they are more commercially available than Saxton's much rarer originals.

Coloured. [STAFFS237]