'MAP OF THE County OF Stafford, FROM AN ACTUAL SURVEY' by C. & J. Greenwood c.1834
A very attractive and detailed 19th century map of Staffordshire -- with a fine vignette view of Lichfield Cathedral -- which was published in Christopher and John Greenwood's Atlas Of The Counties Of England, from Actual Surveys made from the Years 1817 to 1833 (London: Greenwood & co.,1834).
Greenwood & Co. was a noted British map publishing firm in the early 19th century. Founded by two brothers from Yorkshire, Christopher (1786-1853) and John (fl. 1821-1840), it was the only private publisher that competed against the Ordnance Survey for any considerable period of time. During the 1820s, the firm produced a series of superb large scale maps of the counties based on a 'one inch to the mile' scale . In the long run, however, their efforts proved unsuccessful, but before closing their business, the brothers produced a magnificent atlas in 1834 entitled, 'Atlas of the Counties of England'. Each county was shown on a now reduced and uniform scale of 1/3 inch to the mile and was embellished with an elaborate title and attractive vignette. In terms of detail, general accuracy and engraving quality, however, they are perhaps the finest set of county maps ever to be produced on a single sheet of paper and epitomise the hegemony British map making had at that time.
- This is an original copperplate engraving with original hand colour.
- Printed area is approximately 70cms by 58.1cms.
- The map is in very good condition with decent margins; centrefolded, as issued. There is a tear running from the bottom centrefold and another one in the left margin; none of which are affecting the printed area. There is also some very light offsetting, as with most Greenwood maps. Click on image for a better view.
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- Guaranteed to be over 175 years old.