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This is one of the most important maps of Sussex and one of the rarest, here offered in the preferred sheet format rather than folding. It is the first map of the county to be based on a trigonometrical survey. Although the title credits William Gardner (1739-1800) and Thomas Yeakell (fl.1758-1787) as the mapmakers the influence of the Board of Ordnance was significant. The Master of the Board was the Duke of Richmond under whom the Ordnance Survey became fully operational in 1790. Both Yeakell and Gardner worked for it. Under the patronage of the Duke a map of Sussex by Yeakell and Gardner was announced in 1791. Unsurprisingly the map was a forerunner of the early Ordnance Survey maps. Published by William Faden this map won a Society of Arts Gold Medal in 1796. The ‘Proposals’ claim that ‘every farm-house, barn and garden will have its place. Every enclosure with the nature of its fence whether bank, ditch, pale or wall, will be delineated.’ This detail was the work of Thomas Gream (fl.1782-1809). This is an example of the third state of four dated 1795 according to Kingsley, the first being a proof example. On paper watermarked ‘Pard 1794’. Baynton-Williams, Roger (1995) ‘200th birthday of Sussex map’, in ‘The Map Collector’ no. 71 pp. 39-41; Kingsley (1982) 57.iii; Rodger (1972) 459.
GREAM, Thomas

A Topographical Map for the County of Sussex

William Faden, London, 4 June 1795
790 x 1915 mm., the whole, in four separate sheets, early outline colour, trimmed to the top and bottom borders, sheet 2 with tear upper left just into the image, repaired, a couple of areas of margin weakness otherwise a good example.
Stock number: 7314


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