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Fine Cary antique map of South Britain c1787.

Fine Cary antique map of South Britain c1787.

by Cary, John

Antique Map of "South Britain by John Cary, Engraver. London. Published as the Act directs September 1st 1787 by J. Cary, Engraver, Map & Print seller, corner of Arundel Street, Strand."

Original well-detailed copperplate-engraved map for the New and Correct English Atlas, engraved and published circa 1787 by one of the finest English cartographers of his time, surveyor John Cary (1754-1835). Cary’s maps always represented the latest accurate geographical information. His maps are distinctive for their contemporary modern style and clarity of engraving, without the embellishments used by earlier mapmakers. The cartouche style use of the compass rose gives prominence to the title.

John Cary served his apprenticeship as an engraver in London. He then sold maps, globes and atlases from his own business in the Strand. In 1783 John Cary founded a family business, establishing a reputation for excellence in the engraving and lettering of maps of British counties, road maps, town and canal plans, sea charts, world atlases, and terrestrial and celestial globes. Cary was commissioned to survey all the major roads of England. Cary’s most important early publications were Actual Survey of the country 15 miles round London in 1786, and his New and Correct English Atlas in 1787 (which became a standard reference work in England).

This map has fine later hand-colour. To the plate mark measure 275 x 225mm (10.75 x 9 inches).

Stock Number: amukJCPrice: $143.00