A very attractive and interesting early 17th century map of Rutland which appeared in Camden’s Britannia* (London: 1637). First published in 1607, this is the first ever printed / detailed map dedicated solely to the county of Rutland.
*’Britannia’, first published in 1586, was one of the most popular and influential books of the period. The work of the Elizabethan antiquarian, William Camden (1551-1623), it was a detailed historical and topographical description of Great Britain. Its patriotic sentiments, in particular, both appealed to and generated the growing sense of nationalism that was coursing through late Tudor / early Stuart society. Between 1607 and 1637, county maps engraved by William Kip and William Hole, and based largely on Saxton’s surveys, were added. These maps have the distinction of being the first set to show each county individually as opposed to several being grouped together on one page. Camden’s Britannia continued to be published well into the 19th century; from 1695 to 1772, county maps by Robert Morden were used, and from 1789 to c.1815, those by the renowned John Cary.
- This is an original copperplate engraving with later hand colour.
- Printed area is approximately 20.8cms by 28.7cms.
- The map is in good condition. The left margin is shaved, going into the printed area while the right margin is close, as issued. This was due to the map being printed on a single narrow page. Click on image for a better view.
- The item comes displayed in a ready to frame museum quality mount.
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- Guaranteed to be over 375 years old.