Saxton-Kip Map of Sussex


Sussexia sive Southsex olim pars Regnorum

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Copper engraving, 18.5 x 39.5 cm, map of Sussex engraved by William Kip after John Norden, modern hand-colour, closed centrefold split, faded inscription in upper margin, blank verso with old inscription (‘John Glover? is my name’).

William Camden was an Elizabethan historian who wrote a county by county description of England. He continued to revise and expand his work, which set new standards for historical research, and an illustrated edition with maps engraved by William Kip and William Hole was published in 1607. They took the surveys of Christopher Saxton and (where available) John Norden as their models, and for the first time each county was allocated its own map-sheet (Saxton often grouped counties together in twos and threes, and John Speed’s ‘Theatre’ was not published until a few years later).

Camden wrote in Latin, anticipating an international audience, but Philemon Holland (dubbed ‘the translator general in his age’ by Thomas Fuller) prepared an English translation which was published in 1610. Our map of Sussex was published in the second English edition, which was the third printing of the maps overall. Skelton, County Atlases, 23.


Saxton-Kip Map of Sussex


KIP, William, NORDEN, John

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18.5 x 39.5 cm