565 x 820 mm., 2 sheets joined, with some minor paper creases mostly due to multiple folds in the binding, double folds in good condition, a fine impression.
From an early date Kent has attracted large scale maps with Symonson’s large two sheet map dating back to 1596. This map engraved by Samuel Parker was published in Dr. John Harris’ ‘History of Kent’, 1719. The borders to the map are decorated with 118 coats of arms of the county’s nobility and gentry. The map itself is heavily based on that of Symonson, including roads and the table of hundreds. There are some differences in spelling and some new nomenclature. The colour though later is very pleasant. It bears a fine inset view of Dover Castle and Towne. This is the same view as that of Hollar on the Symonson map, only it is reversed. “Dr. Harris spent eight years making collections for a History of this County; but he did not live to see the fate of his transcripts, as this first volume was published a few months after his death. What progress he had made towards his second volume, which was never published, is not known: but dying insolvent his papers were dispersed; and though every inquiry has been made after them, yet no knowledge has been gained what is become of them” (Hasted). Although the book appeared in just the one edition the map is known in three states. This is an example of the third state, the second is known in only the one example. Burgess (2009) no. 32.iii; Upcott (1968) I pp. 354-57; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).