Middlesex Essex Hertfordshire Surrey Berkshire Bedfordshire Kent antique map 1794

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Middlesex Essex Hertfordshire Surrey Berkshire Kent antique map. Original hand-coloured copper-plate engraved antique map from John Cary’s ‘New Maps of England and Wales with part of Scotland,’ published, 1794. Plate number 25 featuring: Ampthill, Baldock, Hitchin, Stevenage, Leighton Buzzard, Dunstable, Luton, Bishops Stortford, Ivinghoe, Ware, Hertford, Tring, Berk Hempstead, Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Hatfield, Hoddesdon, Chesham, Waltham Abbey, Epping, Amersham, Rickmansworth, Watford, Chipping Barnet, Enfield, Edgware, Romford, Beaconsfield, Uxbridge, Barking, Windsor, Hounslow, Staines, Chertsey, Kingston, Croydon, Bromley, Lullingstone. Paper size 12.75 x 9.75 inches. Nice example of Cary’s work. Some foxing outside engraved area.

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Middlesex Essex Hertfordshire Surrey Berkshire Kent antique map. Original hand-coloured copper-plate engraved antique map from John Cary’s ‘New Maps of England and Wales with part of Scotland,’ published, 1794. Plate number 25 featuring: Ampthill, Baldock, Hitchin, Stevenage, Leighton Buzzard, Dunstable, Luton, Bishops Stortford, Ivinghoe, Ware, Hertford, Tring, Berk Hempstead, Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Hatfield, Hoddesdon, Chesham, Waltham Abbey, Epping, Amersham, Rickmansworth, Watford, Chipping Barnet, Enfield, Edgware, Romford, Beaconsfield, Uxbridge, Barking, Windsor, Hounslow, Staines, Chertsey, Kingston, Croydon, Bromley, Lullingstone.

Middlesex abbreviation: Middx) is a historic county in south-east England. It is now entirely within the wider urbanised area of London. Its area is now also mostly within the ceremonial county of Greater London, with small sections in other neighbouring ceremonial counties. It was established in the Anglo-Saxon system from the territory of the Middle Saxons, and existed as an official unit until 1965. The historic county includes land stretching north of the River Thames from 3 miles (5 km) east to 17 miles (27 km) west of the City of London with the rivers Colne and Lea and a ridge of hills as the other boundaries. The largely low-lying county, dominated by clay in its north and alluvium on gravel in its south, was the second smallest county by area in 1831.

John Cary (c. 1754 – 1835) was an English cartographer. Cary served his apprenticeship as an engraver in London, before setting up his own business in the Strand in 1783. He soon gained a reputation for his maps and globes, his atlas, The New and Correct English Atlas published in 1787, becoming a standard reference work in England. In 1794 Cary was commissioned by the Postmaster General to survey England’s roads. This resulted in Cary’s New Itinerary (1798), a map of all the major roads in England and Wales. He also produced Ordnance Survey maps prior to 1805. In his later life he collaborated on geological maps with the geologist William Smith. His business was eventually taken over by G. F. Cruchley (1822–1875).

 

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