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Dunelmensis Epifcopatus....(Durham) by Christopher Saxton and W Kip

£215.00 Approx $295.74, €251.76

Code: 54204

Date: 1607
Copper engraving with later hand colouring. Overall size : 36.8 cms x 30.6cms.  Image size: 334mm x 275mm. Title in cartouche and elaborate scale of distance bottom right. Sailing ship in sea. One virtually invisible archival repair to small pinhole below Burforth ; overall greyness as is often the case with these maps and occasioned during the printing process.  The Latin text on the back is not visible from the front so this uncommon map is not in any way compromised aesthetically by the text on the verso as can be the case.

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.