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A distinctive and uncommon 'birds-eye' map, illustrating pictorially the whole county with placenames superimposed. The map is effectively a genteel pastoral country scene with place-names superimposed. One of a unique and extraordinary series of maps designed by George Bickham for the elegant Georgian atlas, "The British Monarchy ...". Renowned for this publication and "The Universal Penman ...", the work demonstrates the calligraphic skills for which father and son Bickham, both named George, were acclaimed. Each engraving shows a pictorial representation of the county, with placenames superimposed, and is decorated with classical and rustic vignettes typifying that county. The atlas was begun as a part-work publication with each plate dated when published, but not offered complete until 1755. The first state of the maps has a date engraved whereas the second edition of 1796 lacks both this date and the text below.
mapmaker: G. Bickham
place and date of publication: London 1749-1796
medium and colour: copperplate, Original colourref: 26463
size in mm: 230 by 140mm (9 by 5.5 inches).
literature: Hodson, County Atlases Of The British Isles, Vol 2, 218.
Price: £ 480
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