A RARE example of what is believed to be the first ever printed map of Staffordshire has been sold for over £3,000
The map, dating from 1577, sold for £3,760, including buyer's premium, when it came under the hammer at local auction house Cuttlestones’ fine art sale.
Still with its original hand colouring, the map, which is attributed to Christopher Saxton, was one of a collection of more than 50 put up for sale by a single local collector. All of the maps in the collection were of Staffordshire and covered a period of over 300 years. The Saxton map was the earliest and the latest was dated 1880. The entire collection sold for almost £5,000.
Cuttlestones’ maps and books specialist Rosie Blackburn said: “This was a really interesting collection for us to handle as it has such local provenance – not only did it attract the attention of the map collecting community, but those with an interest in local history.
"The maps tell the story of our county over a period where it saw much change – including the industrialisation of The Potteries to the north and the Black Country to the south. They also illustrate what has changed and what has remained the same over the years – from county boundaries to the names of towns and villages.”