Old coloured county map of Suffolk from “An Atlas of England and Wales by Christopher Saxton”, the first atlas of England and Wales initially published in 1579. The atlas contains 34 county maps and a map of England and Wales, which were engraved between 1574 and 1578, based on surveys undertaken by Saxton and funded by Thomas Seckford, master of Requests to Queen Elizabeth. Saxton’s surveys were enormously important and continued to form the basis for English atlases for nearly 200 years. This map, dated 1575, and is decorated with an ornate strapwork title cartouche that incorporates the Royal coat of arms of Queen Elizabeth with the arms of Thomas Seckford below. Blank verso and showing the bunch of grapes watermark. Other than two pin-holes in the centrefold, probably used as a binding guide, the map is a lovely example in very good condition. 33 cm x 47.5 cm