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The two great publishers of the nineteenth century of large scale county maps were the Greenwoods 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. He issued 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, larger than the majority of the Greenwood’s. Indeed all of Bryant’s maps were drawn on a larger scale than Greenwood, with the exception of Lincolnshire. 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. Rodger (1972) no. 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; Wyatt (1978) pp. 19, 72, 110.

BRYANT, Andrew

Map of the County of Buckingham from Actual Survey by A. Bryant, in the year 1824

Published by A. Bryant, 27 Great Ormond Street, London, 1 September 1825
2110 x 1120 mm., four sheets dissected and mounted on linen in two sections, full early wash colour, edged in green silk, green endpapers. With original full calf slipcase, ornate blind and gilt panelled, ornate gilt spine with gilt title, some light surface marking, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 9839
£ 1,500
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