The Isle Of Wight
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A most unusual and scarce map of the island "Drawn And Glyphographed By R. Williams" oriented with north to the right. The map, of visual interest for its delineation of relief using hachuring and shading, takes on a teardrop shape with shading continued into the surrounding sea areas and is surprisingly detailed with placenames minutely scripted and further placenames around the maps perimeter. Five vignette views show major buildings and the geological feature of Black Gang Chine. "Glyphography" was a short-lived process of producing a printing plate by engraving on a wax-coated copperplate which was then used to make an electrotype block. The method created a print with the appearance of a woodblock but allowing for delicate detail to be shown. An attractive and fascinating map.
mapmaker: Illustrated London News
place and date of publication: London 1858
medium and colour: Lithograph, colouredref: 43420
size in mm: 375 by 245mm (14.75 by 9.75 inches).
Price: £ 150£ 75
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