A Map of Scotland by William Faden

A Map of Scotland by William Faden

Code: 53349

£485.00 Approx $667.13, €567.92

Author: Faden, William

Date published: 1828

A Map of Scotland Drawn Chiefly from the Topographical Surveys of Mr John Ainslie and from those of the late General Roy etc etc Shewing the Great and Cross Roads and the Distances between the Towns by William Faden Geographer to the King. Published in the year of John Ainslie's death ( John Ainslie (1745-1828) was the most outstanding Scottish cartographer of his time, producing a huge range of town plans, estate surveys and county and national maps and charts. He is best remembered for his nine-sheet map of Scotland and his travelling map of Scotland). Fine copper engraving with glorious full wash original hand colouring; dissected and laid on linen in 48 squares. Ownership signature of John Spottiswoode July 1828, on front marbled endboard and back board, could he be a descendant of the famous John Spottiswoode, Primate of All Scotland and Archbishop of St Andrews (1565-1639). Overall sheet size: 96.4cms x 111.5cms ; image size: 935mm x 1077mm folding into marbled paper boards, front cover. The map itself is in very good condition indeed apart from two old ink spots to left margin edge. Folding into foxed and cracked original slipcase with Faden label and manuscript ownership initials in blank space,'J.S.' Uncommon. William Faden (1749-1836) was a prominent mapmaker and publisher. He worked in close partnership with the Thomas Jeffreys from 1773 to 1776. In 1783, Faden assumed ownership of the Jeffreys firm and was named Geographer to the King in the same year. He is renowned for his work on North America but also produced British county maps, which made him attractive as a partner to the Ordnance Survey. It was he who published the first Ordnance map in 1801. The Admiralty acquired some of his plates which were re-issued as official naval charts. After retiring in 1823 the thriving business passed to James Wyld, a former apprentice of his. Interesting article on William Roy http://archive.li/s7Ysk