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The Mapping of North America

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Christopher Greenwood (1786-1855) was a surveyor from Wakefield, Yorkshire and moved to London in 1818. His brother John was also a surveyor and in 1821 they joined forces and with the distribution capabilities of George Pringle and Son, made an immediate impact with their series of large scale surveys of many English counties. The early 1800s was a time of rapid change in the landscape with the burgeoning industrial revolution. Their surveys utilised the latest system of triangulation adopted by Colonel Mudge and his surveyors for the Ordnance Survey. Indeed they were in open competition with them. The Greenwood maps were coloured as opposed to the more functional black and white Ordnance Survey’s of the period. This is the last of the large scale maps by Christopher Greenwood alone. His brother John was at this time yet to join him in the enterprise. It was engraved by Samuel John Neele in wonderful large scale and differentiates between woods and plantations, heaths and commons, different types of waterway and roads. Both watermills and windmills are identified indicating their significance to the local economy. Before the addition of the Canterbury-Whitstable railway c.1830. Burgess (2009) no. 113; Rodger (1972) no. 241.
GREENWOOD, Christopher

Map of the County of Kent from an actual survey made in the years 1819 and 1820

London, July 19th 1821
1135 x 1730 mm., four sheets cut, dissected and laid on contemporary linen in two halves, east and west. Marbled endpapers, silk edging fine although loose in one area. Complete with contemporary full early marbled calf slipcase with red calf title label. With early red lines to outline the lathes, very fresh.
Stock number: 5669


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