'CHESHIRE By JOHN CARY Engraver.' c.1809
A finely engraved and detailed early 19th century map of Cheshire which appeared in John Cary's New & Correct English Atlas* (London: 1809); John Cary (c.1754-1835) is generally regarded as one of the greatest names in British cartography as his maps are unsurpassed for their quality, craftsmanship and detail.
*First published in 1787/88, Cary's 'New & Correct English Atlas' was the most revolutionary county atlas ever printed. The quaintness and charm in earlier mapmaking was replaced with a scientific rationality that emphasised detail, clarity and accuracy. Cary set a standard thereafter which other cartographers were to follow, most notably, the Ordnance Survey. The atlas proved to be so popular that for the 1809 edition, an entirely new set of maps had to be engraved as the original plates had become so worn!
- This is an original copperplate engraving with original hand colour.
- Printed area is approximately 26.3cms by 21.7cms (including imprint).
- The map is in very good condition with decent margins. Click on image for a better view.
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- Guaranteed to be over 200 years old.