1822 Worcestershire Topography Greenwood First For Sale
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Worcestershire Delineated: being a Topographical Description of each Parish, Chapelry, Hamlet etc in the County
By Christopher and J. Greenwood
1822 - London - C. and J. Greenwood
9" by 6", 78pp
A scarce first edition of this reference work on the topography of the historiccounty of Worcestershire.
'With the distances and bearings from their respective market towns etc, to which is added the names of the incumbents and patrons, and the date of induction to each living. Likewise a reference to the principal eats of the nobility and gentry, with the population returns for the years 1801, 1811 and 1821. Intended as an index to accompany a survey made in the years 1819 and 1820'.
Interesting armorial bookplate of Jospeh Bowstead Wilson to front pastedown.
Christopher Greenwood (1786–1855), land surveyor and map maker. Trained to survey small estates and farms, Greenwood learned the techniques of triangulation and the use of instruments needed to survey areas the size of counties from the engineer and surveyor, Francis Giles, who supervised his local triangulation of Yorkshire. With only the Yorkshire map in print, he had determined to map the whole of the rest of England at one inch to one mile, and Wales at three-quarters of an inch to one mile. In 1822, with eleven counties already on sale, he advertised the complete scheme in detail: a set of forty-two maps comprising 184 sheets to cost 135 guineas. Greenwood was not the first private surveyor to embark on such a risky enterprise—as it turned out, six English counties and most of Wales were never surveyed—but he came far closer than any other map maker since his fellow Yorkshireman, Christopher Saxton, in the 1570s, to surveying all the English counties. His assistant in all his county maps was his younger brother John Greenwood (1791–1867), who had been working for him since before he left Gisburn. In fifteen years (1815–30) the brothers surveyed thirty-three English and four Welsh counties; the result is thirty-five maps at a scale of one inch to one mile or thereabouts (Yorkshire and south-east Wales at three-quarters of an inch to one mile, and Middlesex at 2 inches). DNB
In original publisher's paper boards. Externally rubbed and marked,loss to the backstrip and joints starting. Internally, firmly bound, bright but spotted. Ink signature to front free-endpaper. Overall: GOOD ONLY.
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