‘BEDFORDSHIRE.’ by George Bickham c.1796


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A rare and unusual 18th century ‘bird’s eye view’ map of Bedfordshire which was originally produced by George Bickham and published in A Curious Antique Collection of Bird’s eye Views* (London: Laurie & Whittle, 1796).

The George Bickham county maps are perhaps the most unusual ones ever printed. Unlike conventional maps, the observer is placed in a fictitious vantage point overlooking the county. In the case of Bedfordshire, the town of Bedford is seen in the distance whilst other towns such as Biggleswade, Luton and Dunstable are closer to the foreground. All the while one is presented with a quaint 18th century image of rustic charm and tranquility.

*Originally published in George Bickham’s British Monarchy in 1754

  • This is an original copperplate engraving with later hand colour.
  • Printed area is approximately 14.8cms by 23.4cms.
  • The map is in very good condition with decent margins. There is light soiling and a tear just touching the top platemark but not affecting the printed area. Click on image for a better view.
  • The item comes displayed in a ready to frame museum quality mount.
  • Click on ‘Delivery Policy’ for postage costs.
  • Guaranteed to be over 200 years old.
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