'A Map of SOMERSET SHIRE West from London' by T. Badeslade / W. H. Toms c.1741
An attractive 18th century map of Somerset, with rare original outline colour, which was drawn and engraved by Thomas Badeslade and William Henry Toms, respectively, and published in [Thomas Badeslade's] Chorographia Britanniae (London: W. H. Toms, 1741).
Originally planned for an intended Royal tour of the country by George I, 'Chorographia Britanniae' was published later in the 1740s where it proved to be one of the most popular atlases of the 18th century. This was due, not least, to the engraver, William Henry Toms, whose work was of the highest standard. The maps were also popular for their inclusion of a panel of text describing the county's towns and cities including the dates of markets and fairs and numbers of M.P.s
- This is an original copperplate engraving with later hand colour.
- Printed area is approximately 14.8cms by 14.9cms (including imprint).
- The map is in very good condition with adequate margins; central fold, as issued. There is some minor staining and a small split to the bottom fold. 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.