This New Map of England and Wales, with the Adjacent Countries, Compile by Surveyors Employed in the Ordnance Department, is Respectfully Dedicated to the King.
1830 (undated) 47.5 x 38.25 in (120.65 x 97.155 cm)
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This is a stunning c. 1830 Robert Seaton large-format folding case map of England and Wales. The map depicts the region from Ireland to the North Sea and from the Firth of Forth in Scotland to Paris, France. Beautifully executed and wonderfully adorned, the counties of England and Wales are all shaded different colors to allow for easy differentiation. A finely engraved and large view of Windsor Castle is situated at the upper right. The whole is surrounded by a pictorial border populated by portraits of famous British figures, including Shakespeare, Nelson, Raleigh, Byron, Milton, and Wellington. Views of Canterbury Cathedral, York Minster, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey occupy the corners.
Publication History and CensusThis map was created and published by Robert Seaton and engraved by James Neele and Company c. 1830. It is a uncommonly rare piece, with only two entries in the OCLC at the State Library of Victoria and the University of Oxford. We have been able to locate only one other instance when this map entered the private market.
Robert Seaton (fl. c. 1835 - 1836) was a British mapmaker who held the post of Hydrographer to the King. Despite the impressive title, we are only able to identify two maps by Seaton, Seaton's Map of Palestine and the Holy Land, and a New Map of England and Wales, both engraved by Josiah Neele (1804 - 1876) and published in 1835.
Josiah Neele (March 30, 1804 - March 22, 1876) was a British map engraver, printer, and publisher active in London during the middle part of the 19th century. Neele was the son of Samuel John Neele (1758 - 1824), also a prominent map engraver. He apprenticed under his father along with Ebenezer Stalker (1780 - 1847) with whom he briefly partnered until 1825. At that time, he went into business with his uncle, George Neele, and his brother, James Neele. George retired in 1826, ending that partnership, after which the brothers published until 1929 under the imprint of 'James and Josiah Neele'. Josiah subsequently continued the business under his own name, operating from their former offices at 352 Strand, until 1836, when he declared bankruptcy. In 1845 he married Eliza Atwood of Haverfordwest and in the wedding documents he is described as a stationer. He retired to Wiltshire in 1871 and died five years later in 1876.
Very good. Dissected and mounted on linen in 30 panels. Light wear along original fold lines. Light soiling. Blank on verso.