- Author: ARROWSMITH, Aaron
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: Published By A. Arrowsmith, Hydrographer to H.R.H. The Prince of Wales, No.10 Soho Square
- Publication date: 1811. Additions to 1821.
- Physical description: Engraved map, on four sheets, dissected and mounted on linen, fine original full wash-colour, housed in original green marbled paper slipcase, rubbed.
- Dimensions: 1426 by 1812mm. (56.25 by 71.25 inches).
- Inventory reference: 2569
Aaron Arrowsmith (1750–1823) was the finest cartographer of his generation. Although he received little formal education it is believed that he was taught some mathematical instruction by William Emerson, an author of several books on the application of mathematics to the area of cartography. Around 1770, Arrowsmith moved to London to seek employment. It is believed that he worked for William Faden before joining John Cary Sr. in the early 1780s. There he provided the measurements for John Cary’s early publication detailing the roads from London to Falmouth, his first signed work. Arrowsmith set up on his own in 1790 and over the next thirty years produced some of the most beautiful and elegant maps of the era.