A Map of the Countries Thirty Miles Round London.
1773 (undated) 19.5 x 21.5 in (49.53 x 54.61 cm)
An exceptional example of Thomas Kitchin's 1773 map of the area 30 miles around London. This map was issued to accompany John Norrthouck's 1773 New History of London. Centered on metropolitan London, this map covers from Berkshire to Canvey Island and from Bedfordshire to Sussex. Offers stupendous detail showing roadways, parks, churches, the seats of various gentlemen and noblemen, wind and water mills, and regional political boundaries. A dotted line around London identifies the circuit of the Penny Post. David Smith, in his Map Forum article on 'The Communications' Mapping of British Towns' suggests that the Penny Post Circuit first appeared on maps of London in 1782, but this map precedes it by roughly 9 years, making this one of the first known to address the Circuit of the Penny Post. Relief shown in hatchures.
Thomas Kitchin (1718 - 1784) was a London based cartographic engraver and publisher. Kitchin was a very active engraver who produced a large corpus of work both in and out of the cartographic arena. He is responsible for numerous maps published in the London Magazine, and is known to have partnered, at various times, with Thomas Jefferys, Emmanuel Bowen and Laurie and Whittle. Many of Kitchin's maps continued to be updated and published well after his death in 1784.
Noorthouck, J., A New History of London, 1773.
Very good. Original fold lines. Blank on verso. Original plate mark visible.
Howgego, J., Printed Maps of London circa 1553-1850, 110-3. Smith, D., 'The Communications' Mapping of British Towns,' Map Forum, volume 1 - 12.