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Mar 2, 2007

Rare Elizabethan Atlas to be Auctioned

If you collect old maps, I hope you've been saving. Leeds Today says that a rare copy of a map made by a pioneering surveyor from Wakefield in the 16th century is expected to bring more than £500,000 (almost $973,000 U.S.) at auction later this month.

The copy of one of the first printed atlases of England and Wales by "the father of English cartography" Christopher Saxton is to be auctioned at Sotheby's on March 15.

The 40 page atlas was printed between 1579 and 1590, and is considered a landmark in Elizabethan cartography.

If a million dollars is a little out of your budget, there's an interesting article with pictures of some of the pages of the atlas here.