Saturday, March 17, 2007

Saxton Atlas Sold

Back on 1 March I posted about the upcoming sale of the Macclesfield copy of Christopher Saxton's atlas, the first printed atlas to depict England and Wales. The hammer went down Thursday at Sotheby's, where an unnamed buyer won the volume for £669,600.

"The price was the highest ever paid for a volume of Saxton's first printed Atlas of England and Wales, which was the first atlas of any country to map individual counties. The last copy of the Saxton Atlas of England and Wales bound with a set of Boazio charts was auctioned for £1,100 by Christie's in London more than 50 years ago."