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An unrecorded edition according to Raymond Frostick’s cartobibliography of Norfolk. In 1797 Thomas Donald and Thomas Milne produced a 6 sheet large-scale map of Norfolk. It was surprisingly the first map of the county produced on the scale of one inch to the male. The survey work took 5 years. It was published by William Faden who in 1803 issued a reduction at half the scale. The map was re-issued by James Wyld dated 1825 and again re-dated 1840.

Frostick records later issues dated 1872 and 1887 in the imprint but this example is undated. It does bear the imprint address of ‘457 Strand’ indicating that it was issued before a further change of address for 1887. According to Worms & Baynton-Williams this address was in use from 1853 to 1883. A study of the railways reveals the Norwich to Cromer line was granted permission in 1872, complete to North Walsham in 1874 and Cromer in 1877.

James Wyld (1790-1836) was an apprentice to William Faden and became Geographer to His Majesty George IV and later William IV. He was a founder member of the Royal Geographic Society. He introduced lithography into mapmaking in 1812. His death in 1836 was said to be due to ‘overwork’, the business being continued by his son James Wyld (1812-87). He joined the family firm in 1830. Wyld also became a Liberal MP for Bodmin from 1847-52 and 1857-68. Frostick (2011) 64.2; refer Rodger (1972) 325; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).

WYLD, James

A Topographical Map of the County of Norfolk, Reduced to a Scale of Two Statute Miles to one Inch, from the Large Map in Six Sheets; originally Surveyed by Thos. Milne &c.

Jas. Wyld, 457 Strand W.C. Geographer to the Queen. Charing Cross East., London, c.1880
590 x 910 mm., dissected laid on contemporary linen, in early outline colour, marbled endpapers, with light soiling, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 9973

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