Wonderfully detailed large scale map of the county of Staffordshire engraved by Joseph Browne for Robert Plot’s “The Natural History of Stafford-shire” published in 1686, a work that contained descriptions and images of flora, fauna, minerals, arts and antiquities found in the county. Like his earlier map of Oxfordshire, the defining characteristic of the map is the extensive decoration of the borders and cartouches with 246 coats of arms of the noblemen and clergy of the county. Also included is a key explaining the symbols used to identify various types of locations on the map. Generally considered to be the most interesting and decorative map of Staffordshire. Blank verso. Other than some professionally done unobtrusive repairs to some tears and holes, some of which affect the image, a beautifully coloured example of this uncommon map in very good condition. 63 cm x 53.5 cm