Greenwood’s large scale map of Dorset
By GREENWOOD, Christopher, 1826
Map of the County of Dorset from an Actual Survey made in the Years 1825 & 1826. By C. & J. Greenwood. Most respectfully Dedicated to the Nobility, Clergy & Gentry of the County.
- Author: GREENWOOD, Christopher
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: By The Proprietors Greenwood, Pringle & Co., Regent Street, Pall Mall
- Publication date: Sept., 11th, 1826.
- Physical description: Large engraved map on four sheets, fine original hand-colour, dissected and mounted on linen, edged in green silk, view of Melcombe Regis near Weymouth, housed within, contemporary marbled calf solander box, morocco label to spine, slightly rubbed.
- Dimensions: 1170 by 1580mm. (46 by 62.25 inches).
- Inventory reference: 2145
The Greenwoods started in 1817 with Lancashire and Yorkshire and by 1831 they had covered 34 counties. Their maps were masterpieces of surveying and engraving techniques, and in view of the speed at which they were completed, their accuracy is remarkable. They mark the boundaries of the counties, hundreds and parishes, churches and chapels, castles and quarries, farmhouses and gentlemen’s seats, heaths and common land, woods, parliamentary representatives and distances between towns. The price of 3 guineas each compares with the first edition Ordnance Survey sheets of 7s 6d, though the latter did not relate to complete counties.