The first printed map of Dorset
By SAXTON, Christopher, 1579
[Dorset] Dorcestriae Comitatus Vicinarumque Regionum nova veraq. Descriptio Ann Dni 1575
- Author: SAXTON, Christopher
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: Christopher Saxton
- Publication date: 1579.
- Physical description: Double-page engraved map, fine original full-wash colour, contemporary annotation on verso in brown ink, sides margins trimmed to neatline.
- Dimensions: 420 by 550mm. (16.5 by 21.75 inches).
- Inventory reference: 15362
An elaborate, bold red cartouche dominates the upper left corner of the map, containing the Latin county name and surmounted by the royal coat-of-arms, flanked by the English lion and Welsh dragon. Below this on the lower border the scale of the map is accompanied by a banner identifying Saxton as the cartographer. To the right of the scale, the Seckford family crest is featured along with its early Latin motto. The crest is found on all 35 of the maps in Saxton’s ‘Atlas of England and Wales’, in honour of Thomas Seckford, an official at Elizabeth I’s court who chose the cartographer to carry out the national survey. Additionally, like all the maps in the atlas, this map bears Saxton’s watermark, a bunch of grapes, to identify the work as original.