The first printed map of Kent, Sussex, Middlesex and Surrey
By SAXTON, Christopher, 1579
Cantii Southsexiae, Surriae. Et Middlesexiae comitat. Una cum suis undique confinibus Oppidis, pagis, villis et fluminibus in eisdem, vera descriptio
- Author: SAXTON, Christopher
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: Christopher Saxton
- Publication date: 1579.
- Physical description: Double-page engraved map, fine original hand-colour, contemporary annotation on verso in brown ink, some minor offsetting, some light marginal soiling, trimmed to neatline.
- Dimensions: 420 by 550mm. (16.5 by 21.75 inches).
- Inventory reference: 15360
The two right corners of the map both contain elaborate and boldly coloured cartouches, the upper containing the Latin county names and the map’s dedication to Queen Elizabeth I, and the lower exhibiting information about the number of merchant towns and Church parishes contained within each county. The Seckford family crest is found alongside this information, complete with its early Latin motto, in honour of Saxton’s patron, Thomas Seckford, as well as a banner along the bottom border naming the cartographer. The engraver is similarly identified in a banner below the map’s scale, showing that the copper plate was created by Remigius Hogenberg, a Flemish craftsman enlisted as part of Saxton’s small team of engravers. At the head of the map, the royal coat-of-arms is illustrated, boldly coloured in red and blue. Additionally, like all the maps in Saxton’s ‘Atlas of England and Wales’, this map bears his watermark, a bunch of grapes, to identify the work as original.