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Greenwood's large-scale map of Kent

Map of the County of Kent, from an actual Survey made in the Years 1819 & 1820. By C. Greenwood. To the Nobility, Clergy and Gentry, of Kent, This Map of the County Is most respectfully Dedicated by the Proprietors.
GREENWOOD, Christopher
Published for the Proprietors, by G. Pringle Junior, No.70 Queen Street, Cheapside,
Publication place
Publication date
July 19th, 1821.
1230 by 1910mm (48.5 by 75.25 inches).


Large engraved map, dissected and mounted on linen, fine original full-wash colour, edged in blue silk, housed in original diced calf pull-off slipcase, gilt ruled, lettered in gilt to spine, rubbed.


A fine example of Greenwood's large-scale map of Kent.

The maps by Christopher and John Greenwood set new standards for large-scale surveys. Although they were unsuccessful in their stated aim to map all the counties of England and Wales, it is probably no coincidence that of the ones they missed, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Oxfordshire, all except Cambridgeshire were mapped by Andrew Bryant in a similar style and at the same period. From a technical point of view the Greenwoods' productions exceeded the high standards set in the previous century though without the decoration and charming title-pieces that typified large scale maps of that period.

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 the first edition Ordnance Survey sheets of 7s 6d, though the latter did not relate to complete counties.