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An Essay On The Rise And Progress Of Geography In Great-Britain

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An Essay On The Rise And Progress Of Geography In Great-Britain : R. Gough

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Quarto. pp.viii including titlepage, pp.78, pp.81-92 (as issued), pp.xii appendix with ten uncoloured, copperplate engraved maps. Recent blind tooled calf with black morocco label to spine. A little wear to spine and edges, joints repaired. The book is housed in a modern solander box with decorated spine. The first separate edition of antiquarian and cartographic historian Gough's "Rise And Progress Of Geography" (originally published as part of Gough's "British Topography" in 1768). Gough's essay discusses the very first known maps of England and the British Isles and is accompanied by maps by such figures as Matthew Paris, the twelfth-century St. Albans monk. Also included are Gough's renderings of road maps showing the popular pilgrimage routes and an excerpt from the Hereford Mappa Mundi, which shows the British Isles. The preface to the work by J.Innys claims that England was one of the earliest nations to teach the art of map-making and engraving. The appendix lists fifty maps designed to accompany Sir Robert Sibbaud's "Atlas Scotiae", which he did not finish. Gough was also responsible for a 1789 edition of "Camden's Britannia" with maps by John Cary. However, this lesser known volume has significance as one of the first comprehensive studies of early British cartographic history.
mapmaker: R. Gough
place and date of publication: London 1780
medium and colour: copperplate, Uncoloured
size in mm: 270 by 40mm (10.75 by 1.5 inches).
ref: 32157

Price: £ 1000

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