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A New Map of Buckinghamshire - George Walpoole  1784 Ref.MA/4

A New Map of Buckinghamshire - George Walpoole 1784 Ref.MA/4

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 A New Map of Buckinghamshire - George Walpoole  1784 Ref. MA/4

"A New Map Buckinghamshire Drawn From The Latest Authorities" proclaims George Walpoole (or Walpole) in his book, "The New British Traveller" which appeared in 1784. This folio atlas was published by Alex Hogg, at the Kings Arms, No. 16, Peternoster Row.
But, who exactly was George Augustus Walpoole?  Well, although there is very little history on him, it appears that he was a British topographer. And, it also appears that this was the only notable cartographic work produced by him. 'The New British Traveller' was a five-part work  of the English countryside, with decorative scrolls and crests or coat of arms. It  had a total of 23 plates, often showing two, or, even four, maps of different sizes to a single page, . Originally issued as a weekly part-work by Hogg, commencing in 1783, in a series of 60 parts, it could be bound into a single volume. Prints, general maps and title pages were also supplied. Walpoole was assisted in its preparation by 'A Society of Gentlemen' - one wonders who were these eminent people? 

I wonder whether Walpoole was the  main topographer, or, merely someone who published and commissioned maps to be drawn by others? Most of the maps were engraved by Thomas Conder, but, the signature of John Hatchett is also found on some maps, although in a second publication. The second publication did indeed show other names as well, John Lodge, for example and we find that Hatchett's name is no longer mentioned.

The complete title of the New British Traveller was quite impressive, to say the least.  It read as follows 'The New British Traveller' or complete modern universal display of Great-Britain and Ireland : Being a new, complete, accurate and extensive tour through England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the Isles of Man, Wight, Scilly, Hebrides, Jersey, Sark; Guernsey.


This copper engraved, very attractive, hand coloured county map with rockwork title cartouche and coat of arms, would have been  part of a two-page map and has been cut and framed separately to show only the county of Buckinghamshire. The opposite map would have been of Oxfordshire.  Mounted in an older frame, the map measures approximately 19cm x 23 cm. It remains in good condition with no evidence of  any major tears, holes etc.

Price R550.00
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