Cary map of Berkshire (1787)

Product ID: 654


Cary map of Berkshire, original hand outlining.

Map size 27 cm x 21 cm.

Condition very good. No rips or tears, minor foxing and toning.

From Cary’s New and Correct English Atlas (1787 First Edition). John Cary (1755-1835) was a renowned and active map engraver and publisher, working between 1787 and 1834 in London. Cary’s publications did much to advance the quality and clarity of data presentation on maps. His county maps for Richard Gough’s edition of Camden’s Britannia in 1789 evidenced much improved hachuring (shading to show land relief and physical features) when compared with earlier examples – Cary’s hachuring was much less overbearing than that used by other mapmakers at this time and did not obscure map data.

Cary’s New and Correct English Atlas of 1787 was reprinted so many times that by c.1808 the plates had experienced such wear that they had to be replaced. Other renowned atlas works include, amongst others, The New English Atlas published in parts between 1801 and 1809 and then reprinted in atlas form in 1809 and 1811, and also his world atlas, the New Universal Atlas, published in 1808. Cary’s maps are of a very high technical standard, being finely engraved, but are also designed to be functional. The maps strive for accuracy rather than decoration, which emphasises the detail, the accomplished engraving and the clarity of presentation.

(excerpts from Jonathan Potter)

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