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The eighteenth-century topographer Richard Gough (1735-1809) once owned the map now famously named after him residing in the Bodleian Library. He was Director of the Society of Antiquaries from 1771-97 and bequeathed much of his private collection of medieval material to the Bodleian. This work is a compendium of British maps and topographical material known at the time. Sir John Cullum of Hardwick House wrote to Gough in 1782 stating that ‘next to the Bible’ his text was the work he most consulted. ‘Map collectors at least should recognize ‘British Topography’ as the first comprehensive inventory of British maps and associated topographical literature. There has not been a work of comparable scope in the 200 years since it was written and although it may be dated it has not been replaced’ (Walters). Provenance: private collection of Rodney Shirley. Shirley (1991) pp. vi-viii; Walters (1978) ‘Richard Gough’s Map Collecting for the ‘British Topography”, in the ‘Map Collector’ no. 2 pp. 26-8.
GOUGH, Richard

British Topography. Or, an Historical Account of what has been done for Illustrating the Topographical Antiquities of Great Britain and Ireland

T. Payne and Son, and J. Nichols, London, 1780
A COMPENDIUM OF BRITISH MAPS KNOWN AT THE TIME. Quarto, 2 volumes (275 x 215 mm. each), full contemporary calf, ornate gilt ruled boards, rebacked preserving original spine, ribbed with gilt ruled compartments, each with ornate central gilt feature, gilt calf title and volume labels, title pages with engraved vignettes, pp. lii, 792, [57]; 822, [59], with 9 folding maps and plans, with light water stain along the spine of the first ten leaves, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 9409
£ 395
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