c1610 Map of Cornwall after Saxton by William Kip


Original hand coloured copper engraved map of Cornwall, issued as a second edition in 1610, in William Camden's 'Brittania' based upon the work of Christopher Saxton.

The map was engraved by William Kip. This is one of the very earliest maps of the English county. The map is embellished with compass dividers, a sea galleon, a compass rose, a sea monster and a decorative inset of Launceston Castle. The map is very detailed featuring many towns and villages, together with hills, rivers, castles and stately homes. The map has been beautifully mounted, framed in black wood and glazed. Condition is extremely good.

Camden’s work Brittania (1586) was a detailed historical and topographical description of Britain. Hole & Kip added their maps to this work in 1607. The edition was unique in that the first edition maps were published with Latin text on the reverse. The second edition, as in this case, (1610) lacks text while the third (1637) displays an engraved plate number.
William Kip (fl. c.1585 - 1618) was a Dutch engraver, best known for his work on the series of English County Maps by Saxton, published in William Camden's Britannia. Most likely trained as a goldsmith and jeweller, Kip arrived in England in around 1585.

Christopher Saxton (c.1540 - c.1610) was a British estate surveyor and draughtsman, best known for his maps of English counties. Apprenticed to the cleric and cartographer John Rudd, Saxton developed the skills to become the man now known as 'the father of English cartography'.

Size image: 39 x 29.5 cm (15 3/8 x 11 5/8 inches)
Size frame: 52 x 42 x 1.5 cm (20 ½ x 16 ½ x 5/8 inches)
Weight: 1615 g