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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’ published in 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 with the shield second in from the left at the bottom altered from Thornhill to Hatley. An intermediate state exists in one known example with this blank. Burgess (2009) no. 32.iii; Upcott I pp. 354-57.
HARRIS, John

A Map of the County of Kent

London, 1719
570 x 820 mm., 2 sheets joined, in lovely old wash colour. Some reinforcement to parts of the margin. Several folds as usual. One tear just below the scale of miles, old repair.
Stock number: 3908

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