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The two great publishers of the nineteenth century of large scale county maps were the Greenwood brothers and Andrew Bryant (fl.1822-35). The elephant in the room was the Ordnance Survey which with government backing eventually forced them both out of the business. Bryant followed Greenwood into the business and published his first county survey, of Hertfordshire in 1822. There were a total of twelve county surveys and one of the East Riding of Yorkshire, the last being that of Herefordshire in 1835. This survey of Buckinghamshire was carried out in the year 1824 and published 1 September 1825. There was only one edition.

A highly regarded detailed map drawn to the scale of one and a half inches to the mile. The Key shows that the detail includes amongst others individual buildings, castles, nursery grounds and gardens, canals, ‘iron railways’, turnpike and mail roads, lanes and bridle ways, and even fox covers. The roads are shown with the distance from London in miles. Apart from the Ordnance Survey this is the only large scale map of the county in the nineteenth century and by far the more attractive. Greenwood did not publish one of the county. It is complete with its original box, in superb early wash colour and in good condition. Provenance: Anne & Don Lennox 1993; private English collection. Rodger (1972) 32; Tooley ‘Large Scale English County Maps and Plans of Cities not printed in Atlases. Buckinghamshire’ in ‘The Map Collector’ issue 14 pp. 12-15 no. Bu2; Tooley Dictionary.

BRYANT, Andrew

Map of the County of Buckingham from Actual Survey by A. Bryant, in the year 1824 Inscribed by Permission to His Grace The Duke of Buckingham and Chandos, Lord Lieutenant, and to the Nobility, Clergy and Gentry, of the County

London, 1 September 1825
2110 x 1120 mm., full early wash colour, printed on four sheets, dissected and mounted on linen in two sections, edged in green silk, folding into original green morocco endpapers, housed within a fine pull off case in contemporary blind and gilt embossed full calf, spine compartments and title lettered in gilt, rubbed.
Stock number: 7686


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