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  BRITISH ISLES 
 English Counties 

MUDGE, William. [The Mudge map of Kent, the first Ordnance Survey map]
[Kent.] General Survey of England and Wales An entirely new & accurate Survey of the County of Kent, With Part of the County of Essex, Done by the Surveying Draughtsmen of His Majesty's Honourable Board of Ordnance, on the basis of the Trigonometrical Survey carried on by their Orders under the Direction of Capt.n W. Mudge of the Royal Artillery, F.R.S. London: William Faden, 1801. Some original hand colour. Dissected and laid on linen, as issued, total 1200 x 1780mm, with green morocco gilt slip case.
A fine example of the first map based on the Board of Ordnance's survey to be published, the first on the scale of 1" to a mile, delineating Kent in unprecedented detail. The roads are highlighted in colour and relief shown by hachuring. The arms above the title are those of the Board of Ordnance. William Mudge (1762-1820) joined the Royal Artillery in 1779 and served under Charles Cornwallis (to whom this map is dedicated) in the American Revolution. In 1791 he was appointed to the Ordnance Trigonometrical Survey, the year the Board of Ordnance acquired a Ramsden theodolite and began a new survey of Britain. It was decided to start with the counties of the south coast of England because of threat of invasion from Revolutionary. Work began with Kent, with the intention of publishing it on a scale of 6 inches to a mile; however progress was so slow that it was reduced to 1'' to a mile. When the map was completed the Board did not have the facilities to publish it themselves, so the map was send to the London publisher William Faden (1749-1836), who employed Thomas Foot to engrave it. Foot's work won him a job as principle engraver for the Board of Ordnance at 3½ guineas a week; this substantial wage did not prevent him being imprisoned for debt in 1804. In 1798 Mudge became director, a post he held until his death.
[Ref: 19409]    £800.00 ($1,023 • €923 rates)


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