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The Smaller Islands In The British Ocean

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The Smaller Islands In The British Ocean : R. Morden

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An attractive and popular map of Islands in the British Ocean. Considering the popularity and success of Camden's "Britannia", first issued with maps in 1607, it is surprising that it was not until the end of the seventeenth century that a new edition was prepared. Robert Morden (d.1703) was commissioned to engrave a set of county maps for Edmund Gibson's new edition. Morden's first series of maps were rejected as being too small, and these were later published in Morden's "New Description and State of England", first issued in 1701, and subsequently re-issued in Cox's "Magna Britannia", in the 1720s. Morden finally produced a new set of maps on a larger scale which were used in Gibson's editions published in 1695, 1722 as here, circa 1730, 1753 and 1772. The maps were based on the most up-to-date surveys where available, although some drew on Saxton and Speed, and were engraved by Sutton Nicholls and John Sturt. The maps are plain and simple, invariably with decorative title surround, and charmingly engraved. Their detail, convenient size, visual attraction and antiquity make them among the most popular of all early county maps.
mapmaker: R. Morden  
place and date of publication: London 1695-1722
medium and colour: Copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 370 by 430mm (14.5 by 17 inches).
ref: 39103

Price: £ 220

 
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