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Midlesex ... : R. Morden

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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 by Edmund Gibson. Robert Morden (d.1703) was commissioned to engrave a set of county maps for this new edition. However, the first series he prepared 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 produced a new set of maps on a larger scale which were used in Gibson's editions published in 1695, 1722, 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. Minor repairs to old fold but an attractive map what is now London's north and west suburbs.
mapmaker: R. Morden  
place and date of publication: London 1695 - 1753
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 360 by 425mm (14.25 by 16.75 inches).
ref: 41495

Price: £ 300

 
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