Kent Actually Survey'd And Delineated ...
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A rare map of Kent whose production involved many of Britain's premier mapmakers of the time. Kent is shown at the large scale of one inch to two statute miles allowing considerable detail to be depicted including the cities, towns, villages, hamlets and the property of gentlemen. The "Explanation Of The Map" contained within a bold cartouche tells us, "that Roads are exprest by Parrallel lines, the prickt Parrallels are ye open Roads. Market Townes are Ichonographically Described and are Distinguishable by a Round Roman Hand" and so on. The names of the engravers, John Oliver and Richard Palmer, are given in the lower right corner while Herman Moll and Peter Overton have their names in the title cartouche. This is the fourth state of the map from a never-completed atlas project, the 'Actual Survey Of All The Counties' to be titled "Atlas Anglicanus". Six states have been identified by R.A.Burgess. This atlas was advertised in 1679, Palmer, Seller and Oliver having collaborated on a map of Hertfordshire as early as 1676, but this was never completed. Only Middlesex, Surrey, Hertfordshire, Kent, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire were completed due to commercial reasons. This example has the added interest of a circular paste-on label of Thomas Taylor, map seller in Fleet Street. Restoration to minor tears and nicks, almost to be expected in a map of this size, and evidence of old folds, nevertheless, a good opportunity to acquire this scarce and fascinating map of the "Garden of England".
mapmakers: J.Seller J.Oliver
place and date of publication: London c.1680-c.1720
medium and colour: copperplate, Original outline colourref: 32152
size in mm: 585 x 890
literature: Rodger, Large Scale County Maps Of The British Isles, 216.
Price: £ 2850
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