Copper engraving with early and later hand colouring. Overall size : 41.2 cms x 31.6cms. Image size: 353mm x 282mm. Title in cartouche and hundreds listed below. Elaborate scale of distance bottom left. First edition with Latin text on verso . As usual , this results in a little show through in the blank areas. Overall toning and repaired tear to left margin else good condition.
This series of maps were the first in which each county was delineated on a separate sheet. They were prepared by William Kip and William Hole and were mainly based on those of Christopher Saxton and Norden. The first issue of these maps was in 1607 with Latin text on the back of the maps and as the paper on which they are printed is rather thin, the lettering sometimes shows through on to the front of the map. In the subsequent two editions of 1610 and 1637 the maps had no text on the back and plate numbers were added to many maps for the 1637 edition. The maps were not issued again. The layout , calligraphy and general appearance of these maps are very similar to their Saxton counterparts.
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