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Long title: A New Map of Durham Divided into Wards exhibiting Its Roads, Rivers, Parks etc by John Cary Engraver. Copper engraving, original full wash hand colouring.. Overall size : 51.2cms x 53.7cms . Image size :540mm x 483mm . Good margins. The border is formed by a thick line between two fine ones with a double inner line marked off into degrees and minutes of latitude and longitude; top left, a star surmounted by a fleur-de-lis is the compass indicator; the scale is in scale a hatched lozenge bottom right. The title is in an oval plaque, shaded round the bottom edge, top left. Centrefold as published. Good condition apart from archival strengthening to centrefold 14.3 cms approx from bottom margin on verso, one edge tear repair to right of centrefold and nowhere near map itself; faint offsetting of title cartouche in right blank .
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.