Maps: Morden Robert, Original County Map, Midlesex, c1722

Maps: Morden Robert, Original County Map, Midlesex, c1722

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Date: c1722

Artist: Morden Robert

Engraver: 

Print Size: 420 x 365mm

Condition: very good

Technique: Copperplate

Price: $1500

Description: Copperplate Engraving, hand colored, original

Provenance:

This original county map of Midlesex by Robert Morden was published by Awnsham in 1695,is an early county map to show the county roads. It presents a good view of the city of London and the Thames River along with the locations of towns, buildings, forests, rivers, bridges, and parks, which are noted by fenced areas. There is a decorative cartouche and three different distance scales. Sold by Swale, Awnsham & John Churchill

Morden was one of the first English cartographers to show longitudes measured from the meridian of St. Paul's Cathedral (shown in degrees at the bottom of the map) and time in minutes measure locally from the sun (shown at the top). The roads on his maps are based on Ogilby's earlier survey. The Britannia was first published by historian William Camden (1551-1623) in 1586. After the publication of the final edition of Britannia in 1637, the work was not published again until 1695 when Gibson revised and translated the text from the original Latin and included fifty maps, mostly of the English counties, prepared by Robert Morden, replacing the outdated maps of Christopher Saxton. This map is from the subsequent edition of 1722.
Good hand colouring
Guaranteed to be over 299 years old

Biography: Cartographer

Robert Morden
Robert Morden was an English bookseller, publisher, and maker of maps and globes. He was among the first successful commercial map makers. Between about 1675 and his death in 1703, he was based under the sign of the Atlas at premises in Cornhill and New Cheapside, London. His cartographical output was large and varied. His best-known maps are those of South Wales, North Wales, and the English Counties first published in a new edition of Camden's "Britannia" in 1695 and subsequently reissued in 1722, 1753 and 1772. These maps were based on new information from gentlemen of each county and were newly engraved. Each had a decorated cartouche and showed numerous place names. Morden also produced in 1701 a series of smaller county maps often known as Miniature Mordens.
  • Reference: Wikipedia
  • Born: 1650 · England  
  • Died: 1703 · England
1687: He also produced a series of miniature maps of the world, which appeared in both playing card format and in a series of atlases, including his Atlas Terrestris and Geography Anatomiz'd, beginning in 1687.
1695: In 1695 he published a map of Scotland.
1700: His (fourth edition) of Geography Rectified: or a Description of the World from 1700 dedicated to a Thomas Goddard, is a comprehensive work from many aspects.
1701: Morden also produced in 1701 a series of smaller county maps often known as Miniature Mordens.
1702: An introduction to astronomy, geography, navigation, and other mathematical sciences written by Robert Morden was first published in 1702.
1703: Between about 1675 and his death in 1703, he was based under the sign of the Atlas at premises in Cornhill and New Cheapside, London.