1st.Edition. Copper engraving with later, superb hand colouring Overall size : 43.8cms x 38.2cms . Engraved size : 413mm.x 361mm. Title in decorative cartouche at top left, scales of distance bottom left. Centre fold as issued. Large margins which is unusual for this edition. Very good condition apart from one pale grey streak to right of scale of miles in blank, unobtrusive.
Robert Morden died in 1703, so this is the only edition of his most famous maps that were published in his lifetime. These maps are the first county maps to show roads ( based on Ogilby’s road maps ) and show three scales representing great, middle and small miles as different scales were used in different parts of the country. Robert Morden utilised unpublished surveys where available and the knowledge of local gentlemen who supplied corrections.
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