Blome’s Map of MiddlesexSKU: 9207
Blome’s Map of Middlesex
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28.5 x 31 cm
A Mapp of ye County of Midlesex
Copper engraving, 28.5 x 31 cm, first state of this map of Middlesex (with floral cartouche), modern hand-colour, blank verso.
Blome published the first new series of county maps in the sixty years since the appearance of John Speed’s ‘Theatre’. In the straightened financial environment of post-Restoration London, Blome was forced to rely on innovative funding sources: he was one of the first publishers of illustrated books to rely heavily on subscriptions, and subscribers to the Britannia were entitled to have their coats of arms (Blome began his career as a heraldic painter) engraved on a map of their choice.
His map of Middlesex is dedicated to William, 1st Earl of Craven. A royalist during the Civil Wars who was rewarded with numerous appointments by the Crown after the Restoration, Craven became energetically involved in ‘the policing of the Stuart metropolis’; he remained in London to help combat both the plague and the Great Fire and was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Middlesex in 1670. Skelton, County Atlases, 90.