290 x 335 mm., with later wash colour, minor paper fold flattened, otherwise in good condition.
THE FIRST AVAILABLE PRINTED MAP OF SURREY. This is from the sixth edition of William Camden’s ‘Britannia’ first published in 1586. It was the last to be published in his lifetime and the first to be illustrated with county maps although this had been contemplated since at least 1589. Camden (1551-1623) was an antiquary and historian. An academic by profession he would become the headmaster of Westminster School in 1593. He spent much of his time travelling and collecting material for his highly respected ‘Britannia’. An example of the FIRST STATE with Latin text on the verso. Chubb 18; Shirley BL T.Camd 1a; Skelton 5; STC 4508; Taylor ‘Late Tudor and Early Stuart Geography’ pp. 9- 13.