BEAUTIFUL, 19TH CENTURY MAP OF DORSET, ENGLAND
GREENWOOD, CHRISTOPHER / GREENWOOD, JOHN
Map of the County of Dorset from an Actual Survey made in the Years 1825 & 1826, By C. & J. Greenwood, Published by the Proprietors Greenwood & Co. 13 Regent Street, Pall Mall, London... July 4, 1829
22 3/4” x 27 1/8”. Original color. Bottom centerfold reinforced, otherwise very good condition.
Brothers Christopher and John Greenwood were responsible for the most important commercial survey of England and Wales executed in the nineteenth century. It resulted in a series of separately-published wall maps of the counties drawn on the ambitious scale of 1” to the mile which were printed on up to nine sheets each. These were later reduced, printed on elephant folio sheets, and published in four parts between 1828 and 1834 as Greenwood’s Atlas of the Counties of England. These Greenwood county maps are famous for their fine engraving, accuracy, and great wealth of detail. Each locates wards, parishes, turnpikes, roads, toll bars, churches and chapels, castles and priories, heaths, commons, canals, railways, woods, parks and pleasure grounds, wind and water mills, country houses, and a vast amount of topographical detail. Each is also ornamented with a finely engraved vignette of an important county building -- this map of Dorset shows St. Mary’s Church in the lower left.
Tooley’s Dictionary of Mapmakers, Revised Edition, E-J, pp. 210-211.
Inventory No. 7656