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Buckinghamshire : E. Bowen

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"The Large English Atlas" was a large folio series of county maps conceived in about 1749, but because of financial problems was not completed until 1760. It is described as "by far the most important eighteenth-century English atlas to be published before the appearance of John Cary's "New And Correct English Atlas" in 1787". Earlier county atlases were predominantly derivative, using old survey work. However, "The Large English Atlas" maps were drawn from the most up-to-date surveys, and so mark an important stage in the development of the county atlas. The maps, drawn by either Emanuel Bowen or Thomas Kitchin, were finely produced with a vast amount of additional detail engraved in the blank areas around the map; lists of the landed gentry, descriptions of the towns, and in some cases, fine insets of the county town. All the maps have elaborate title cartouches illustrating the produce of the county, rural scenes and so on. Besides the separately published multi-sheet maps of various counties, these are the most detailed and most interesting county maps of the eighteenth century.
mapmaker: E. Bowen  
place and date of publication: London 1756-1765
medium and colour: Copperplate, Original outline colour
size in mm: 700 by 530mm (27.5 by 20.75 inches).
ref: 42400

Price: £ 400

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