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Auction 138, Lot 490

"Midlesex", Morden, Robert

Subject: Middlesex, England

Period: 1722 (published)

Publication: Brittania

Color: Black & White

16.5 x 14.5 inches
41.9 x 36.8 cm

This map of Middlesex is an early county map to show the county’s roads. It presents a good view of the city of London and the Thames River along with the locations of towns, buildings, forests, rivers, bridges and parks, which are noted by fenced areas. There is a decorative cartouche and three different distance scales. 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 measure 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the original Latin and included fifty maps, mostly of the English counties, prepared by Robert Morden, replacing the outdated maps of Christopher Saxton.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: B+

There is some light offsetting in the image. Watermarked paper.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $100

Closed on 12/7/2011