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GREENWOOD, Christopher

Map of the County of Wilts, from Actual Survey Made in the Years 1819 & 1820 by C. Greenwood

Published for the Proprietors, & Sold at No. 70, Queen Street, Cheapside, London, 12 December 1820
1445 x 1115 mm., four sheets cut, dissected and laid on contemporary linen, edged in blue silk, some weak, in full early wash colour, a smudge lower right, with marbled endpapers. With contemporary green morocco slipcase, ornate blind and gilt panelled, gilt ruled compartments to spine with central gilt feature, gilt title, otherwise in good condition.
FIRST EDITION. A fine detailed large scale map by Christopher Greenwood (1786-1855). 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 survey of Wiltshire is one of Greenwood’s earliest large scale county productions issued before his brother John joined in partnership. Greenwood was now in partnership with the publisher George Pringle. 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.

It is produced at the scale of one inch to a mile. The map differentiates between woods and plantations, heaths and commons, different types of waterway, roads and of course canals. A large north west view of Salisbury Cathedral occupies the lower left of the map. This is an example of the first edition, a second was issued c.1826 which bears his brothers’ imprint. Rodger 498; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).
Stock number: 9851

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