A NEW MAP OF SOMERSETSHIRE FROM THE BEST AUTHORITIES

£125

Attractive, with compass rose, and detailed map of Somerset.

The map was published in Gough's enlarged version of William Camden's "Britannia" (in 1789 and 1806) and also in the "New British Atlas", as for this example. The map was printed for John Stockdale, Piccadilly and was engraved by John Cary. John Stockdale was an important London publisher who also edited and published the works of Dr Samuel Johnson. Cary's maps are of a very high technical standard, being finely engraved, but are also designed to be functional, striving for accuracy rather than decoration.

Good hand colour, slight pleasant age toning

Very good condition.

code : M3593

Cartographer : CARY John

Date : 1790c London

Size : 38*50 cms

availability : Available

Price : £125

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John Cary (1755-1835) was a renowned and active map engraver and publisher, working between 1787 and 1834 in London. Cary’s publications did much to advance the quality and clarity of data presentation on maps. His county maps for Richard Gough’s edition of Camden’s Britannia in 1789 evidenced much improved hachuring (shading to show land relief and physical features) when compared with earlier examples – Cary’s hachuring was much less overbearing than that used by other mapmakers at this time and did not obscure map data.