England and Wales Drawn from the most accurate Surveys-containing all the Cities, Boroughs, Market Towns and Villages; in which are included all the improvements and observations both astronomical and topographical, which have been made by members of the Royal Society & others. Down to the present year, the whole corected & improv'd by John Rocque, Chorographer to his Majesty
By: John Rocque Published by: Robert Laurie & James Whittle
Date: 1794 (dated) London
Dimensions: 46 x 39 inches (117 x 99 cm)
A lovely and clean example of John Rocque's monumental map of England and Wales, later published by Laurie & Whittle in 1794 as part of A General Atlas Describing the Whole Universe.
The map was laid down in Rocque's cartographic style that was both rich with detail and surprisingly clean and easy to study. Many other map makers that would pack their works with as many place names and details would often become jumbled and indecipherable once completed. Rocque however utilized a variety of font styles and symbols which he describes in the lower right that make this map a pleasure to study.
The map is as decorative as it is informative with a large title cartouche in the top right that featured allegorical figures representing the artistic, scientific, and commercial accomplishments of the English. A large compass rose indicates north and is centered on the Prime Meridian or 0° longitude that runs through London, prior to being universally recognized in Greenwich in December of 1847. Lastly, sailing ships can be found throughout with a large fleet and battle scene depicted within the English Channel.
Condition: Map is in A condition, printed on four sheets, now joined on the verso with archival materials. Paper is bright with only some faint toning and minimal foxing. Outline color is original and bold.
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