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Reproductions of Early Engraved Maps 2: English County Maps in the Collection of the Royal Geographical Society

Nature volume 131, page 530 (15 April 1933) | Download Citation



THIS group of twenty-one reproductions, in black and white, of maps of England will be of great value to all interested in the history of cartography. The original maps were all printed from engraved copper plates; some of them were originally over-painted by hand in colours, but these admirable reproductions are necessarily made from unpainted copies. The twenty-one plates comprise one general map of England and Ireland, by an unknown author, dated 1594; nineteen county maps strictly so called; and one sheet of playing-cards, illustrated by miniature county maps. The county maps proper vary in date from Saxton's “Southamtonia” of 1575 to John Speed's version of Norden's map of Sussex, dated 1610; so that it may be said that the Royal Geographical Society has reproduced a selected group of the earlier county maps, and has not, in the present publication, reproduced any of the later and more detailed maps on larger scales, such as Roque's Surrey or Taylor's Hampshire.

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