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Auction 138, Lot 489

"Suffolk", Morden, Robert

Subject: Suffolk, England

Period: 1722 (published)

Publication: Brittania

Color: Black & White

16.8 x 14.3 inches
42.7 x 36.3 cm

Morden's map of Suffolk is divided into "Hundreds" (abbreviated Hun on the map), an old English term for an area that would support a hundred families. It is filled with interesting detail including the locations of buildings, rivers and bridges and parks. Sold by Abel Swale, Awnsham & John Churchil.

Morden was one of the first English cartographers to show longitudes measured from the meridian of St. Paul's Cathedral (shown in degrees at the bottom of the map) and time in minutes measured locally from the sun (shown at the top). The roads on his maps are based on Ogilby's earlier survey. The Britannia was first published by historian William Camden (1551-1623) in 1586. After the publication of the final edition of Britannia in 1637, the work was not published again until 1695 when Gibson revised and translated the text from the original Latin and included fifty maps, mostly of the English counties, prepared by Robert Morden, replacing the outdated maps of Christopher Saxton. This map is from the subsequent edition of 1722.


Condition: A

There is some faint offsetting in the image, else fine.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $110

Closed on 12/7/2011