‘SOMERSETSHIRE.’ by James Pigot & Co. c.1830 [First Edition on Linen with Text]


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A very attractive and detailed 19th century map of Somerset — with a vignette view of Well Cathedral — which was published in [James] Pigot & Co.’s British Atlas* (Manchester & London:1830). This particular example is from the first (complete) edition of the atlas, is backed onto linen and comes with its page of descriptive text.

*The county maps from ‘Pigot & co.’s British Atlas’ were the first to be engraved from steel plates as opposed to copper. In the early 19th century the rapid rise in both the population and literacy rate had seen an increased demand for books and printed material. Copper, the traditional medium used for engraving, was no longer capable of keeping up with this on account of its limited durability, hence, the introduction of the more harder and longer lasting steel.

  • This is an original steel engraving with fine original hand colour.
  • Printed area is approximately 35.8cms by 23.3cms (including imprint).
  • The map is in very good condition with decent margins. Click on image for a better view.
  • Click on ‘Delivery Policy’ for postage costs.
  • Guaranteed to be over 190 years old.
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