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Teesdale’s Large-Scale Folding Map of Yorkshire

SKU: 9127

Teesdale’s Large-Scale Folding Map of Yorkshire

Date of publication:

Printed Measurement:
overall size approx 185 x 218 cm


  • Henry Teesdale & Co.
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  • Henry Teesdale
  • Engraver(s):
    James Bingley

    To the Nobility, Gentry & Clergy of Yorkshire: this Map of the County constructed from a survey commenced in the year 1817 & corrected in the years 1827 & 1828, is respectfully dedicated by the proprietors.

    Large-scale folding map of Yorkshire on three sheets, overall size approx 185 x 218 cm, engraved by James Bingley, original hand colour, each sheet dissected into 24 panels and laid on linen, vignette lower right (a view of York Minster from the northwest engraved by William Woolnoth), edged in green silk and folding into contemporary book-form slipcase, recently recovered in calf with new label.

    The original survey of 1817 referred to in the title was conducted by Christopher Greenwood, a Yorkshireman himself, and Greenwood responded with fury to Teedsale’s perceived plagiarism. An acrimonious correspondence was published in the press. In a letter to the Sheffield Independent (27 September 1827) Greenwood claimed that, in an ‘outrage upon common decency’ Teesdale was seeking to ‘reap a harvest of patronage’ from the gentry and ‘respectable classes’ of Yorkshire while using his original worn and ‘patched up old plates’ from which ‘fifteen hundred to two thousand impressions’ had already been printed in London by Neele. I have been unable to locate a reply, so maybe Teesdale decided to let the matter rest (he went ahead and published the map anyway in April 1828), but in an earlier letter of 15 September Teesdale and his colleagues dismissed Greenwood’s anger as ‘evidently the last struggle of envy and disappointment’ after he had bid for the copyright of the map ‘at a considerable price’ and then ‘expressed the greatest degree of vexation’ when he failed to secure it. The public were invited to come and view specimens of the map for themselves.