Author: Blome, Richard
Date published: 1673Long title: A Mapp of the County of Suffolk with its Hundreds by Ric Blome. Copper engraving, later hand colouring. Overall size : 35.4cms.x 30.4cms. Image size : 306mmx 259mm. Title in decorative cartouche enclosing a scale of distance and dedication to thomas Tymperley of Hintle sham Hall within shield bottom right. Table of Hundreds (22) bottomleft. Centrefold as published. Archival strengthening to top 10.5cms of centrefold on verso, not visible from front; small dot of thinning when held up to light not otherwise noticeable and else in good condition. Richard Blome (1635-1705) was a bookseller, mapseller and publisher. He was also cosmographical Printer to King William III and Cosmographer to Queene Anne. He worked with the engraver Wenceslaus Hollar and produced,'A geographical description of the four parts of the world 1670 which is the first folio world atlas wholly engraved, printed and published in the British Isles. Hollar, together with Richard Palmer also engraved the maps in the Britannia. Blome was granted a royal privilege by Charles II in 1669 giving him copyright protection over his books of geography for twenty-one years, ' to encourage and enable him to finish this his commendable design'. He was one of the pioneers of financing publications by advance subscription, inserting the arms of his patrons on the maps and plates. His career casts light on the difficulties inherent in map-making in the latter part of the seventeenth century. See http://www.mapforum.com/09/9blome.htm and also British Map Engravers Laurence Worms and Ashley Baynton-Williams.
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