Copper engraving with original outline colouring. Overall size in off white mount : 35.9cms x 42.4cms. Engraved size: 211mm x 261mm. very good condition. Supplied with leaf of text on the county. John Cary (1754-1835) was a London based cartographer active in the early part of the 19th century. Ronald Vere Tooley, the prominent English map historian, says of Cary, 'As an engraver he was elegant and exact with fine clear lettering and great delicacy of touch.' Cary began his work as an engraver, cartographer and globe maker in 1787 with his 'New and Correct English Atlas'. This important atlas represented a new phase in cartography where accuracy and detail rose in prominence over the decorative embellishments of the 18th century. This change was indicative of the times when travel and commerce were expanding globally as never before. Cary's mastery of both engraving and cartography resulted in a series of seminal works that redefined mapmaking in the early 19th century. His stupendous Cary's New Universal Atlas, published in 1808, set the standard for all cartographers who followed. Cary also did considerable work on the English Ordinance Survey prior to 1805. His cartographic work particularly inspired the Edinburgh school of cartography as represented by John Pinkerton and John Thomson. In America, Cary's work was used as the basis for Tanner's important New American Atlas. Cary's last published Atlas appeared posthumously in 1844, however, by 1850 Cary's work was being carried on by his sons and other well known cartographers including James Wyld, Tallis & Company, and Crutchley.
|Map maker||Cary, John|
|Published at year||1787|
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