Plate 58: Cumberland / Westmorland / Lake District by John Cary c.1794
A finely engraved, detailed and accurate late 18th Century map showing the area corresponding to the Lake District (modern day Cumbria) which appeared in John Cary's New Map of England and Wales with part of Scotland (London: J. Cary, 1794). This atlas was ahead of its time in that in showed the country in a series of uniform grid maps instead of by individual county; the style of mapping which was to be employed later by the Ordnance Survey. This was also the first British atlas to recognise the Greenwich Meridian.
John Cary (c.1754-1835) was perhaps the greatest English map maker who ever lived as his maps were unsurpassed for there detail, accuracy, clarity and craftsmanship. His prolific output had a profound influence on other map makers of the day, in particular, the Ordnance Survey.
- This is an original copperplate engraving with original hand colour.
- Printed area is approximately 20.8cms by 26.6cms.
- 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.