Author: G. Cole
Publisher: Vernor, Hood & Sharp
Date published: 1807Town plan. Copper engraving with later hand colouring.Engraved by J.Roper from a drawing by G Cole.Overall size in hinged, off white fully conservation grade mount and backing with decorative v groove: 38.4cms.x 34.5cms.Image size : 243mm.x 194mm. Key bottom right to the 23 places of interest in the House of Industry top right; Reference key top left blank to the eleven most important building; above is the arms of Bedford and below the key a delightful vignette by W.H.Pyne of Bedford. Very good condition. G.Cole, the cartographer and J.Roper, the engraver together produced a finely engraved series of county maps and town plans which were issued in parts between 1804 and 1810. The maps were based on the work of John Cary and Charles Smith and were some of the last maps to be published before the arrival of the railways. The town plans are very attractive and delicately engraved with vignettes of the principal buildings and the heraldic arms of the cities and, since fewer were issued, are much scarcer than the maps.
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