A Map Of WiltShire ... 1750
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One of a unique and extraordinary series of maps designed by George Bickham for the elegant Georgian atlas "The British Monarchy ...". Renowned for this publication and "The Universal Penman ..." the work demonstrates the calligraphic skills for which father, and son, Bickham, both named George, were acclaimed. Each engraving shows a pictorial representation of the county, with placenames superimposed, and decorated with classical and rustic vignettes typifying that county. The atlas was begun as a part-work publication with each plate dated when published but not offered complete until 1755. The first state of the maps has a date engraved whereas, the second editon, of 1796 lacks both this date and the text below. Although the paper has been backed due to deterioration at top right, this is a good example demonstrating the fine engraving of the Bickhams.
mapmaker: G. Bickham
place and date of publication: London 1748-1755
medium and colour: copperplate, Uncolouredref: 44137
size in mm: 250 by 140mm (9.75 by 5.5 inches).
literature: D.Hodson County Atlases Of The British Isles, vol II, p81-91
Price: £ 320
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