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Maps of England - John Cary Maps

These county maps were purchased in order to complete gaps in ‘the map that might have been’ on www.strata-smith.com. That task accomplished they are now for sale. They are of counties where Smith did not publish a county geological map. The County Geological Atlas project began in 1819. It was issued in ‘parts’ of four maps at a time. Production was cancelled in 1824 after only six parts covering 21 counties (Yorkshire required four maps) were issued. Partly completed draft geological maps are located at Oxford University Museum of Natural History (OUMNH). Maps of other counties that included geological boundaries and legend elements have been found in later editions of Cary’s conventional county atlas. These drafts and the re-used maps have been completed and combined with the published county geological maps for the ‘map that might have been’. To fill the gaps which Smith had begun to work on, antique Cary county maps were located, purchased, scanned and coloured using the 1815 map as a source and were spliced with the others to complete.

The county maps were printed from engraved copper plates. The internal administrative divisions of each county were outlined by hand water colour. The maps have different dates and were accumulated without redating for issue in 1809 when all the 39 English counties, a national map, and for Wales, North and South sheets and Monmouthshire were completed. The atlas was re-issued in 1818 with some sheets partly updated. Most of the maps have a centre-fold with a strip of paper, known as a guard, glued along it on the reverse side and extending like a fin. The leading edge of the guard was sewn into the binding so that when the atlas page was open it laid flat, rather than disappearing into a tight fold.

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Cary, John, A soils map of Kent entitled ‘Engraved for Mr.Boy’s (sic) AGRICULTURAL ACCOUNT of Kent’ inserted in John Boys’ , A General View of the Agriculture of the County of Kent; with Observations on the Means of its Improvement, 1796. (for full description of book, see Books, England). 26 x 30 cm (10.4 x 12 inches) folded and bound in before title page. The base map is from Cary’s New & Correct English Atlas, 1787 with engraved geological boundaries and legend text added. Hand coloured. The legend colours are inserted as short lines within the text. Clean but with slight transfer of engraving just visible in blank areas.
Cary would have met William Smith by this time in the course of engraving the plans for the Proposed Somersetshire Coal Canal based on Smith’s 1793 survey. The Proposal required an enabling Parliamentary Act before it could legally proceed. Smith came to London for the parliamentary hearings in 1795. This proto-geological map of Kent was made more than a decade before Cary and Smith began to collaborate in Jan, 1813 on Smith’s iconic map in late 1815. In very good condition.

£225

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A New Map of Devonshire Divided into Hundreds, Exhibiting Its Roads, Parks, etc by John Cary, Engraver. 1807. Scale 1: 285,120 (1 inch=4.5 miles). Map area 49 x 54cm (19 x 21.25 in) within page 54 x 64.5cm (21.25 x25.25 in). Watermark HS 1806. Landscape format , flat – no centre fold. Clear plate mark, hand-coloured outlines to boundaries, and sea area continuous blue. Clean, bright, in very good condition.

£100

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A New Map of Dorsetshire Divided into Hundreds, Exhibiting Its Roads, Parks, etc by John Cary, Engraver. 1811. Scale 1: 190,080 (1 inch=3 miles). Map area 48 x 54.5cm (18.75 x 21. 5 in) within page 54 x 64.5cm (21.25 x25.25 in). Watermark SMITH 1801. Landscape format, centre-fold with guard attached. Clear plate mark, hand-coloured outlines to boundaries. Very slight general soiling from handling, in good to very good condition.

£90

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A New Map of Hertfordshire Divided into Hundreds, Exhibiting Its Roads, Parks, etc by John Cary, Engraver. 1801. Scale 1: 152,064 (1 inch=2.4 miles). Map area 48 x 54cm (18.75 x 21.25 in) within page 54 x 64.5cm (21.25 x25.25 in). Watermark SMITH 1801. Landscape format, centre-fold with guard trimmed. Clear plate mark, hand-coloured outlines to boundaries. Clean, bright, in very good condition.

£105

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A New Map of Kent Divided into Lathes and subdivided into Hundreds, Exhibiting Its Roads, Parks, etc by John Cary, Engraver. 1811. Scale 1: 221,760 (1 inch=3.5 miles). Map area 48 x 54cm (18.75 x 21.25 in) within page 54 x 64.5cm (21.25 x25.25 in). Watermark HS 1809. Landscape format, centre-fold with guard removed. Slight browning along fold and neatly repaired minor tear a base of fold. Clear plate mark but very close to bottom of page. Hand-coloured outlines to boundaries. Very slight general soiling from handling, in good condition.

£90

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A New Map of Lancashire Divided into Hundreds, Exhibiting Its Roads, Parks, etc by John Cary, Engraver. 1811. Scale 1: 221,760 (1 inch=3.5 miles). Map area 54 x 48cm (21.25 x 18.75 in) within page 64.5 x 54cm (25.25 x21.25 in). Watermark HS 1809. Portrait format, centre-fold with guard removed. Slight browning along fold. Clear plate mark, hand-coloured outlines to boundaries. Very slight general soiling from handling, in good to very good condition.

£90

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A New Map of Middlesex Divided into Hundreds, Exhibiting Its Roads, Parks, etc by John Cary, Engraver. 1818. Scale 1: 82,368 (1 inch=1.3 miles). Map area 48 x 54cm (18.75 x 21.25 in) within page 54 x 64.5cm (21.25 x25.25 in). No watermark. Landscape format, centre-fold with guard trimmed. Clear plate mark, hand-coloured outlines to boundaries. Clean, bright, in very good condition.

£115

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A New Map of Shropshire Divided into Hundreds, Exhibiting Its Roads, Parks, etc by John Cary, Engraver. 1811. Scale 1: 126,720 (1 inch=2.5 miles). Map area 54 x 48cm (21.25 x 18.75 in) within page 64.5 x 54cm (25.25 x21.25 in). Watermark HS 1809. Portrait format, centre-fold with guard removed. Slight browning along fold. Clear plate mark, hand-coloured outlines to boundaries. Slight transfer of engraved lines visible in blank areas, in good to very good condition.

£85

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A New Map of Warwickshire Divided into Hundreds, Exhibiting Its Roads, Parks, by John Cary, Engraver. 1806. Scale 1: 152,064 (1 inch=2.4 miles). Map area 54 x 48cm (21.25 x 18.75 in) within page 64.5 x 54cm (25.25 x21.25 in). Watermark HS 1806. Portrait format, centre-fold with guard removed. Very slight transfer of engraved lines visible in blank areas. Clear plate mark, hand-coloured outlines to boundaries. Clean, bright, in very good condition.

£95

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A New Map of Worcestershire Divided into Hundreds, Exhibiting Its Roads, Parks, by John Cary, Engraver. 1801. Scale 1: 152,064 (1 inch=2.4 miles). Map area 48 x 54cm (18.75 x 21.25 in) within page 54 x 64.5cm (21.25 x25.25 in). Watermark SMITH 1801. Landscape format, centre-fold with guard trimmed. Clear plate mark, hand-coloured outlines to boundaries. Clean, bright, in very good condition.

£95

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Cruchley, GF. Cruchley’s Railway and Telegraphic Map of Durham, February 1st, 1858. 51 x 59cm (20 x 23.25 inches), hand coloured engraving. Clean and in very good condition. Flattened old central fold from use in atlas. George Frederick Cruchley bought the engraved copper plates in 1844 from John Cary’s sons, George and John2, when they retired. He removed all trace of John Cary’s title block, engraving his own and inserting railway and telegraph lines and stations. However, this map still has the geological boundaries and the geological ‘tablets’ arranged around the map opposite the formations to which they refer, which were engraved in John Cary’s workshops for William Smith, as well as Cary’s characteristic scale bar, and border. The copper plate for this map was used to print William Smith’s 1824 geological map of Durham for the uncompleted County Geological Atlas. Under the title block, Cruchley stated, “This map may be had geologically coloured”. In very good condition.

£175

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