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Wiltshire - Greenwood's large-scale map of Wiltshire

Title
Map of the County of Wilts from an Actual Survey made in the Years 1819 & 1820.
Author
GREENWOOD, Christopher
Publisher
Christopher & John Greenwood,
Publication place
London,
Publication date
Dec. 12th 1820.
Dimensions
1470 by 1150mm (57.75 by 45.25 inches).
Price
SOLD
Reference
11851

Description

Engraved map in fine original full-wash colour, dissected and mounted on linen, in green morocco pull-off slipcase.

Notes

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, farmhaouses and gentlemen's seats, heaths and common land, woods, parliamentary representatives and distances between towns. To the lower left f the map is an engraved view of Salisbury Cathedral.

Bibliography

Roger, E.M., The Large Scale County Maps of the British Isles 1596-1850. Oxford 1970.