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An example of the FIRST EDITION. John Cary (c.1754-1835) and descendants were possibly the most prolific publishers of cartography around the turn of the nineteenth century. Cary is noted for the clarity of detail in his maps and was the first to use the Greenwich meridian. In 1794, he was commissioned by the Postmaster-General to survey the roads of Great Britain. Cary had already published road books; indeed, his first publication is one showing the roads between London and Falmouth in 1784. In 1790 Cary published his ‘Survey of the High Roads from London’ which contained twelve routes from the town and eighteen cross roads. All the plates are in lovely early colour and display a wealth of information. It was particularly pointed out by Cary that the country houses along the route could be seen from certain vantage points which are marked out on the maps. It was reissued unaltered in 1799, in 1801 and again in 1810. There were no further editions. Provenance: private English collection. Beresiner (1983) pp. 80-2; Fordham (1924) p. 40; Fordham (1925) pp. 40-1; Shirley (2004) T.Cary 4a.
CARY, John

Cary's Survey of the High Roads from London to Hampton Court, Bagshot ...

London, July 1st., 1790
FIRST EDITION. Quarto (210 x 150 mm.), full contemporary tree calf, ornate blind panelled boards, rebacked spine with gilt date and red calf gilt title, marbled endpapers. With engraved title page, folding general map, map of the Turnpike Gates, both in early wash colour, Explanation and Advertisement leaf, and 80 strip road maps on 40 sheets all in early wash colour, engraved throughout, with small repair to endpaper, complete with original endpapers, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 10199
£ 850
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