1836 Trigonometrical Plan of the Town and Port of Liverpool

$ 2,000.00

Trigonometrical Plan of the Town and Port of Liverpool including the environs of Kirkdale Everton Low Hill Edge Hill and Toxteth Park from Actual Survey.

By: Michael Alexander Gage & Thomas Starling

Date: 1836 (dated) London

Dimensions: 39 x 65 inches (99 x 165 cm)

This is an exquisite first edition case map of the city of Liverpool, oriented to the northeast. The map was engraved in London by Thomas Starling and published on March 1, 1836 by the Liverpool civil engineer Michael Alexander Gage.

This authentic 19th century map of Liverpool presents extraordinary and meticulous detail, noting every house with its layout, as well as roads, churches, parks, and even individual trees. In addition, important businesses, including foundries, lumber yards, cooperages, shipbuilders, chrome and color works, soap makers, breweries, and more are noted - often by their individual company names. The clarity and pleasing style that was employed by Gage in the design of this map is a lasting example of the great skills engravers had mastered over the centuries of antiquarian map and print production.  

By the start of the 19th century, a large volume of trade was passing through Liverpool, and the construction of major buildings reflected this wealth. In 1830, Liverpool and Manchester became the first cities to have an intercity rail link, through the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. Thus the 1830s were a period of rapid urban development and expansion for Liverpool, which included the expansion of the docks that was underway at the time this map was published. Waterloo Dock, opened 1834 is marked; Victoria and Trafalgar Docks are present, but noted as “Intended Docks,” with additional details noted below.

Today Liverpool is the seventh most visited city in the UK. It’s noted for its culture, architecture, and transport links. The city is closely associated with the arts, particularly music; the popularity of the Beatles, who are regarded as the most influential band in history, contributed to the city's status as a tourist destination.

Condition: This map is in A condition with lovely old color and the original case intact.

Inventory # 11468

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