'DERBY SHIRE' by Samuel Simpson c.1746 (Rare)
A detailed and decorative 18th Century map of Derbyshire -- with inset views of the 'Devil's Arse' and 'Poole's Hole' -- which was published in Samuel Simpson's The Agreeable Historian, Or Compleat English Traveller (London: Robert Walker, 1746). The maps from this series were published in only one edition and are rare to find.
'The Devil's Arse, near Castleton owes its unfortunate name for the flatulent sounds that could be heard within when flood water was draining. In 1880, its name was changed to the 'Peak Cavern' so as to not offend Queen Victoria who was visiting the area. Poole's Hole (or Cavern) near Buxton takes its name from a notorious 15th century outlaw who is believed to have used it as his lair.
- This is an original copperplate engraving with later hand colour.
- Printed area is approximately 15.6cms by 19.8cms.
- The map is in very good condition with close but adequate margins; horizontal folds, as issued. Click on image for a better view.
- The item comes displayed in a ready to frame museum quality mount.
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- Guaranteed to be over 270 years old.