The largest map of the Isle of Wight ever published, in full wash colour
By ANDREWS, John, 1769
Topographical Map of the Isle of Wight in Hampshire on a Scale of 2 Inches to the Mile, from an Actual Survey in which are express’d all the Roads, Towns, Villages, Houses, Rivers, Woods, Hills, Noblemens, & Gentlemens Seats, and every Thing Remarkable in the Island; with the division of the Parishes by John Andrews. Land Surveyor. To His Grace Henry Panlett, Duke of Bolton, &c. &c., Governor of the Isle of Wight, And to the Noblemen, Gentlemen, Clergy &c., who have been pleased to Encourage this undertaking. This Actual Survey of the Said Island, is most humbly inscribed, as a grateful Testimony for their generous Assistance by their most Dutiful and Devoted Servt. Jn. Andrews.
- Author: ANDREWS, John
- Publication place: [London
- Publisher: Published according to Act of Parliament, and Sold by Mary Ann Rocque, and, Andrew Dury
- Publication date: 1769].
- Physical description: Large engraved map on four sheets, dissected and mounted on linen, with original full-wash colour, edged in green silk, housed within original green marbled paper slipcase, label with title and author in manuscript, pasted on, rubbed.
- Dimensions: 970 by 1240mm (38.25 by 48.75 inches).
- Inventory reference: 2981
To the lower left is a dedication to Henry Powlett, 6th Duke of Bolton, who was at the time Vice-Admiral of Dorset and Hampshire. Below the dedication is an alphabetical list of 105 subscribers, and to the lower right a plan of Newport on a scale of approx. 400 ft to the inch.
The present map is a superb example of the first edition with the imprint of Mary Anne Rocque, and dated 1769. The second edition bears the date 1775, and text below the title reads: “N.B. This Second Edition has been corrected with several improvements”.
Rare we are only able to trace two institutional examples of the first edition: the Bibliotheque National de France; Cambridge University Library.
- Rodger 574.
- Rodger, E. (1972). The Large Scale County Maps of the British Isles 1596–1850: A Union List. Second edition. Oxford: Bodleian Library.