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A CLEAN SIDE BOUND ISSUE WITHOUT FOLDS. Christopher Greenwood (1786-1855) and his brother John Greenwood (1791-1867) were both surveyors. Christopher Greenwood was from Yorkshire, he settled in Wakefield by about 1815 before moving to London in 1818. His first large-scale survey was of Yorkshire published in 1817. His brother John joined forces in 1821. Along with the distribution capabilities of George Pringle and Son, they made an immediate impact with their series of large scale surveys of many English counties.

Following the extensive work carried out by on these, a reduced sized atlas was planned. It was advertised in 1828 to appear in four parts at three guineas per part and began as early as 1829, the date recorded on 11 of the plates. There were to be 46 plates, all at the scale of one-third of an inch to a mile. They ran into financial difficulties towards the end and had to take in partners to finish in 1834. Indeed, Christopher was imprisoned for debt in the same year.

‘For detail, general accuracy and balance allied to high quality engraving and colouring these sheets are probably the finest ever single sheet maps of the counties’ (Carroll). The maps are reductions of Greenwood’s large scale maps of the counties as stated except for those of Bucks, Cambridge, Hereford, Hertford, Norfolk and Oxford which they did not survey. Studies of individual counties show many were improved with new detail on a regular basis. Provenance: Dominic Winter 27 January 2016 lot 166; private English collection. Carroll (1996) 102; Chubb (1927) 458b; Tooley (1999-2004); Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).
GREENWOOD, Christopher & John

Atlas of the Counties of England, from Actual Surveys made from the years 1817-33

Greenwood & Co., Burleigh Street, Strand, London, 1834
A CLEAN SIDE BOUND ISSUE WITHOUT FOLDS. Oblong large folio (665 x 810 mm.), contemporary half calf, edge bound, cloth boards, gilt ruled, with central calf gilt panelled title label affixed to upper board, spine with double raised bands, gilt ruled, marbled endpapers, light wear. With engraved title-page containing an early wash coloured map of England and Wales, 46 double-page early wash coloured engraved maps by J. and J. Neale, J. and C. Walker and others, Lancashire and Lincolnshire just shaved which is often the case due to their size, Rutland with tear in the upper margin, some light offsetting, much better example than most, otherwise a good example.
Stock number: 10294
£ 3,500
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