'CUMBER LAND By Robert Morden' c.1722
An interesting and attractive map of Cumberland (now part of Cumbria) which was originally produced by Robert Morden in 1695 and then published in Camden's Britannia (London: Swale, Awnshaw & Churchill, 1695 - 1772). Bishop Gibson described the maps from this series as "much the fairest and most correct of any that have yet appeared". The maps are also notable for using up to three different mileage scales, none of which are based on the statute mile! An additional point of interest with the Cumberland map is the depiction of Hadrian's or 'The Picts Wall' running through the north of the county.
This particular example is from the 1722 edition as it has the 'spread eagle' watermark in the paper. This is one of the few cases where a watermark can be used to precisely date a map.
- This is an original copperplate engraving with later hand colour.
- Printed area is approximately 42.2cms by 36.3cms.
- The map is in very good condition with decent margins; centrefold, as issued. THere is minor water staining in the bottom border. Click on image for a better view.
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- Guaranteed to be over 290 years old.