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Auction 128, Lot 520

"[Lot of 2] A New and Accurate Map of that District of Great Britain called England & Wales, &c… [and] A New Map of England and Wales",

Subject: England & Wales

Period: 1757-84 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

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1) A New and Accurate Map of that District of Great Britain called England & Wales, &c. from the Latest & Most Correct Surveys, by Thomas Kitchin, from Walpoole's New & Complete British Traveller, circa 1784 (13.3 x 14.8"). Thomas Kitchin was among the most productive English engravers of the eighteenth century. Hydrographer to the King, he was also a well known author, publisher and art shop keeper. Kitchin's work was distinguished by his crisp, concise engraving style. He prepared these detailed maps, each updated with the latest information, for Walpoole's interesting work aimed at arm-chair adventurers in Britain. The map shows the counties and identifies the cities, market towns, villages, and universities. It is decorated with a nice cartouche featuring two travelers and the British lion, and a compass rose. Foxing in margins, with a few stray spots in the map. There is a repair in the blank margin, not affecting the map.

2) A New Map of England and Wales, by Thomas Jefferys, published in the Gentleman's Magazine 1757 (14.8 x 17"). Jefferys was Geographer to the Prince of Wales (as noted on the map) and to George III, and was one of the most respected cartographers of this period. In addition to the important maps he produced, particularly of North America and the West Indies, he prepared numerous maps such as this one for several British periodicals. The well engraved map provides additional information on the highways, roads and post roads, not found on Kitchin's map. The decorative cartouche is in the rococo style. Issued folded, now flattened and backed with light Japanese tissue. A 4" binding tear at top is neatly and nearly invisibly repaired, and the binding trim has been replaced with a sliver of the neatline missing. The margins are narrow, as issued.

References: 2) Jolly GENT-113.

Condition: B+

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Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $275

Closed on 5/20/2009