Wiltshire County Maps
1 1 : Saxton, Christopher 1579

From the first set of English county maps based upon an original survey by Christopher Saxton. With the arms of Elizabeth I and Saxton's sponsor, Thomas Seckford. Engraved by Remigius Hogenberg.

The map exists in a number of states.

1. The first edition dates from 1579 and was issued at least 6 times up to 1600. Examples are normally found with attractive full wash colouring.

2. In 1645 William Web, who had acquired the plates, published an edition with the royal arms changed to those of Charles I and the date altered to 1642. Normally found without colouring.

3. In 1665 the left plate was substantially modified. It was given a new title with date 1665. The arms of Elizabeth I and Seckford were erased and replaced by a view of Stonehenge, plan of Salisbury and a number of coats of arms, all copied from Speed's map. The royal arms of Charles II and initials C R were inserted on the right with two additional coats-of-arms or earls. Similar changes were made for all counties but none of the maps were ever published.

4. It wasn't until Philip Lea's edition of 1689 that these features appeared in print, but with the date crudely altered to 1689.

5. In Lea's edition of 1693 roads were added and the coat-of-arms of Edw: Hide (bottom right) completed.

6. In 1720 George Willdey's edition has "sold by Geo Willdey etc" added in a rectangular area near the bottom right of the plate.

7. In c1749 an edition was published by Thomas Jefferys with the Willdey imprint erased but the rectangle still delineated.

Examples can be found in the following English County Atlases.
1 : Saxton An Atlas of England and Wales 1579 in state 1
27 : Saxton (Web) The Maps of all the Shires in England and Wales 1645 in state 2
80 : Saxton (Unpublished) 1665? in state 3
110 : Saxton (Lea) All the Shires of England and Wales Described by Christopher Saxton 1689c in state 4
112 : Saxton (Lea) All the Shires of England and Wales Described by Christopher Saxton 1693c in state 5
113 : Saxton (Lea) Atlas Anglois 1693c in state 5
183 : Saxton (Willdey) The Shires of England and Wales Described by Christopher Saxton 1732c in state 6
184 : Saxton (Jefferys) The Shires of England and Wales Described by Christopher Saxton 1749c in state 7
185 : Saxton (Dicey) (Atlas without title) 1772c in state 7

Examples (6)

Ref: 20155
State: 1
Date: 1576

Not for sale
Ref: 29002
State: 2
Date: 1642

Ref: 29021
State: 4
Date: 1689

Ref: 8026
State: 5
Date: 1693

Not for sale
Ref: 1118
State: 6
Date: 1720

Not for sale
Ref: 17951
State: 7
Date: 1749

Not for sale

Wiltshire Maps
Saxton, Christopher
Bowes, W
Van den Keere, Pieter
Bowes, W
Speed, John
Drayton, Michael
Bill, John
Van Langeren, Jacob
Jenner, Thomas
Blaeu, Jan
Jansson, Jan
Overton, John
Blome, Richard
Blome, Richard
Morden, Robert
Redmayne, William
Seller, John
Morden, Robert
Morden, Robert
Lenthall, John
Owen & Bowen
Moll, Herman
Seale, Richard William
Badeslade, Thomas
Cowley, John
Rocque, John
Simpson, Samuel
Osborne, Thomas
Kitchin & Jefferys
Kitchin, Thomas
Exshaw, John
Seale, R W
Bickham, George
Bowen, Emanuel
Bowen, Emanuel
Gibson, John
Meijer, Pieter
Kitchin, Thomas
Bowen, Emanuel
Ellis, Joseph
Bowen, T
Kitchin, Thomas
Andrews & Dury
Conder, Thomas
Cary, John
Harrison, John
Cary, John
Cary, John
Lodge, John
Aiken, John
Tunnicliff, William
Baker, Benjamin
Smith, Charles
Cary, John
Luffman, J
Butters, R
Cary, John
Cooper, H
Roper / Cole
Cary, John
Wallis, James
Wallis, James
Neele, Samuel John
Rowe, Robert
Langley & Belch
Neele, Samuel John
Hall / Leigh
Neele & Son
Reid, W.H.
Greenwood, C & J
Miller, Robert
Cary, John
Gardner / Smith
Perrot, Aristide Michel
Ebden / Duncan
Pass, J
Greenwood, C & J
Murray, T L
Teesdale, Henry
Creighton, R
Hall, Sidney
Dawson, R K
Nichols & Son
Cobbett, W
Fullarton, Archibald
Archer / Pinnock
Creighton, R
Walker, J & C
Moule, Thomas
Pigot, J
Pigot & Slater
Archer, J
Becker & Co
Bartholomew / Philip
Hughes, W
Bartholomew / W H Smith
Weller, Edward
Weller, F S