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waf Copper engraving, original full wash hand colouring.. Overall size : 64.5cms x 54.3 . Image size :540mm x 509mm . Good margins. Scale of miles at bottom left. Title in oval cartouche bottom left with scale of miles below and compass rose in English Channel. Very detailed, finely engraved map. Very good condition apart from one brown mark at Tarrant Crawford, another below Wareham and two smaller above East Lulworth, all disguised amongst the vibrant hand colouring. From Cary's New English Atlas; Being A Complete Set of County Maps, from actual Surveys, Corresponding In Size With His General Atlas.
John Cary and his brother William were active globe-makers in London though John Cary was also an engraver and publisher and came to be regarded as one of the leading English cartographers. In 1787 Cary published his ‘New and Correct English Atlas’. Although lacking in the type of decoration characteristic of earlier mapmakers they are nevertheless elegant in their clarity and finely engraved detail. This atlas proved to be very popular and many editions were published, the final one being in 1862. In 1789 Cary published a pocket atlas entitled ‘Cary’s Travelling Companion’ which was also a success and in 1794 Cary was employed by the Postmaster-General to undertake a survey of all the main roads in the country.