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This is the last large scale map by Christopher Greenwood (1786-1855) issued without his brother. Here it is published with George Pringle, Junior. He was a surveyor and mapmaker from Yorkshire who settled in Wakefield by about 1815 before moving to London in 1818. His first large-scale survey was of Yorkshire published in 1817. The map is engraved by Samuel John Neele (1758-1824) and his son James Neele (1791-1868).

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 Surveys of the period.

Engraved in wonderful large scale at one inch to the mile, it differentiates between woods and plantations, heaths and commons, different types of waterway, roads and of course canals. Both watermills and windmills are identified indicating their significance to the local economy. Burgess (2009) no. 113; Rodger (1972) 241; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).

GREENWOOD, Christopher

Map of the County of Kent from an Actual Survey made in the years 1819 and 1820, By C. Greenwood

Published for the Proprietors, by G. Pringle Junr., London, 19 July 1821
1135 x 1730 mm., four sheets cut, dissected and laid on contemporary linen, blue marbled endpapers, green silk edging, in full early wash colour. Complete with contemporary full calf slipcase with red calf title label, a little worn. With very light offsetting near the title, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 9843


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