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FIRST EDITION. This survey of Essex by John Chapman and Peter André is held in the highest regard. It bears an extraordinary level of detail and accuracy, even when measured against modern equivalents. Every minor road, bridge, milestone and turnpike is displayed. Whilst along the coastline every creek, wharf, quay, ferry, duck-decoy and cliff is depicted. Apart from more built up areas virtually every building standing is displayed. The country estates, manor houses and farms are nearly all named along with their occupants. Entire sheets are given to the beautifully engraved title and a list of subscribers. Included are plans of Colchester and Harwich. That of Colchester is at the large scale of about 170 yards to the inch. Only a handful of county surveys in the eighteenth century were engraved to such a scale. This example bears the trade bookplate of John Chapman. There were later editions in 1785 and 1833. Provenance: with bookplate of William Newsam McClean. Rodger (1972) 121; Tooley E1 in ‘The Map Collector’ no. 36 p. 36.
CHAPMAN, John & ANDRE, Peter

A Map of the County of Essex from an Actual Survey made in MDCCLXXII, MDCCLXXIII and MDCCLXXIV by John Chapman and Peter Andre

London, 1 October 1777
Folio (440 x 390 mm.), contemporary marbled boards, rebacked, gilt calf label to ribbed spine. With a general index map of the county. Engraved on 25 sheets, each 450 x 585 mm. to a scale of 2 inches to the mile. All in magnificent full early wash colour. Browning to some of the margins and some colour offsetting, wrinkled title page near centrefold, otherwise a fine example.
Stock number: 4141


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