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ARCHER, Joshua, 1792?-1863 : KENT.
[London : ca.1842]. A neatly worked antique map of the county by Joshua Archer of Pentonville, cartographer, engraver and printer. Originally produced for Thomas Dugdale’s part-work “Curiosities of Great Britain. England & Wales Delineated” (London : 1838-1843).
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BACON & CO., G.W. (George Washington), 1830-1922 – publisher : PLAN OF TUNBRIDGE WELLS.
[London : G. W. Bacon & Co., 1889]. An attractive town plan of late Victorian Tunbridge Wells. Produced on a generous scale of some five-and-three-quarter inches to the mile, the coverage extends from Rusthall Common and Lower Green across to Auckland Road, Prospect Hill and North Street, with Montacute Road and the station to the south, and The Lew and Newcomen Road to the north. Originally produced for the 1889 edition of Bacon’s “New Large Scale Atlas of the British Isles”.
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BOWEN, Emanuel, fl.1714-1767 : AN ACCURATE MAP OF THE COUNTY OF KENT DIVIDED INTO ITS LATHES, AND SUBDIVIDED INTO HUNDREDS. DRAWN FROM SURVEYS, AND MOST APPROVED MODERN MAPS, WITH VARIOUS ADDITIONAL IMPROVEMENTS : ILLUSTRATED WITH HISTORICAL EXTRACTS RELATIVE TO THE AIR, SOIL, NATURAL PRODUCE, MANUFACTURES, TRADE AND PRESENT STATE OF ITS CITIES & PRINCIPAL TOWNS.
[London : for Carington Bowles, ca.1765]. A large and handsome eighteenth-century map of the county on a scale of three-eighths of an inch to the mile. Compiled by Emanuel Bowen, Geographer to George II, and originally produced in 1751 for a series of maps separately sold from 1749 on and eventually published as “The Large English Atlas” (London 1760 and later editions). The present example dates from the 1760s – after the date at which Carington Bowles took over the shop at St. Paul’s from his uncle, Thomas Bowles. The particular charm of this series of maps resides in the numerous historical and geographical notes that fill up blank spaces and corners – with notes in this case on cloth manufacture at Cranbrook, the waters at Tunbridge Wells, Romney Marsh, Hythe, Appledore, Hawkhurst, Deal Castle, Dover Harbour, the enlargement of the harbour at Ramsgate, Reculver Market, Rochester, Maidstone, Canterbury, Faversham, Gravesend, Woolwich, Greenwich, Deptford and much else. With a finely engraved dedication panel (to Lionel Sackville, Duke of Dorset) and a thematic cartouche of hops, fish, lobsters, baskets, fruit, anchors, cannon, swords, etc., in the rococo style of the period. A separate inset gives a chart of the Downs, Goodwin Sands, etc.
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COLE, G. & ROPER, John : CANTERBURY.
London : Vernor, Hood & Sharpe, 1806. A neatly worked and detailed town plan of Canterbury as it stood in the early years of the nineteenth century. Engraved by John Roper (1771-1810) from a draught by G. Cole – probably the surveyor George Cole of Soho. The map is decorated with the arms of the City and the Archbishop, as well as a vignette view of the cathedral – the latter separately engraved by George Cooke (1781-1834) from an original study by George Sidney Shepherd (1784-1862). Originally produced to accompany the part-work “Beauties of England and Wales” (London : 1801-1818).
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MORDEN, Robert, fl.1668-1703 [& MOLL, Herman, fl.1678-1732] : KENT.
[London : ca.1720]. A most attractive map of the county – with a neatly worked title-piece and the upper border ruled, in Morden’s characteristic fashion, not in degrees but in minutes of real time from London. Although probably engraved in the early 1690s, the maps in this series were not published until 1701. After Robert Morden’s death in 1703 the plates were reworked and subjected to minor revision by Herman Moll – and the present edition (with Moll’s additions) is dated to about 1720.
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[MOULE, Thomas, 1784-1851] : KENT.
[London : George Virtue, 1831]. One of the prettiest and most popular of all antique maps of the county, decorated with inset views of Dover, Greenwich and Rochester, coats of arms, and an architectural border festooned with hops. Originally engraved in 1831 by William Schmollinger (1811?-1869) for the part-work series “The English Counties Delineated” (London : 1830-1837) – and here in early state before the addition of railways, etc.
[MOULE, Thomas, 1784-1851] : ISLE OF THANET : INSULA ROTUNDA TANATOS, QUAM CIRCUIT UNDA, FERTILIS ET MUNDA, NULLI EST IN ORBE SECUNDA.
[London : George Virtue, 1833]. A highly attractive map of Thanet, decorated with a patterned border, coats of arms, and vignette views of Ramsgate and the North Foreland Lighthouse. Originally engraved in 1833 by John Crane Dower (1791?-1847) for Moule’s part-work series “The English Counties Delineated” (London : 1830-1837) – and here in very early state, before the addition of later detail.
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ORDNANCE SURVEY : [COVER TITLE] KENTISH WATERING PLACES.
Southampton : Ordnance Survey Office, 1886. Sheet 306 of the one-inch nineteenth-century Ordnance survey, with parts of adjacent sheets, assembled together to give complete coverage of eastern Kent – the coastline round from Faversham, via Whitstable, Herne Bay, Margate, Ramsgate, Deal, Dover, Folkestone, Sandgate, Hythe and Dymchurch to New Romney – with Ashford, Canterbury and Sandwich inland.
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ORDNANCE SURVEY : HYTHE.
Southampton : Ordnance Survey Office, . A map of the Hythe area of the Kent coast at a scale of one inch to the mile, extending east to take in Sandgate and Folkestone, west to include Lympne and West Hythe, and inland as far as Stouting and Lyminge. Produced by the Ordnance Survey in connection with the parliamentary boundary alterations of 1868, the map is coloured to show the existing 1832 boundary, the proposed new boundary, the municipal boundaries and the parish and township boundaries.
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[READ, Thomas & ROCQUE, John] : KENT.
[London : for the Authors, by Adlard & Browne, 1770]. An attractive eighteenth-century map of the county from a series originally published by the printer Thomas Read between 1743 and 1746 under the title “The English Traveller” and here revised by the surveyor John Rocque (fl.1734-1762) for his “Small English Atlas” in 1753. The present issue is dated to 1770. Decorated with a compass rose and a small view of Dover Castle.
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SCOTT, Robert, 1777-1841 : KENT.
Glasgow : Archibald Fullarton & Co., . An attractive antique map – a neatly worked depiction of Kent, decorated with a small vignette view of Canterbury. Originally engraved by Robert Scott of Edinburgh for Archibald Fullarton’s “A New and Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales” (Glasgow : 1833). The present edition, revised to show some development of the early railway system, is dated to 1843.
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