Morden’s Map of North WalesSKU: 9475
Morden’s Map of North Wales
Date of publication:
36.5 x 43 cm
black and white
A New and Correct Map of North Wales
Robert Morden's maps were engraved to illustrate Gibson's edition of William Camden's Britannia, first published in 1695 and reprinted in 1722, 1753 and 1772. This version of the map of North Wales, with a simplified cartouche, appeared in 1722.
Camden was an Elizabethan historian who wrote a county by county description of England. An illustrated edition of his work with maps by Kip and Hole was published in 1607, but by the late seventeenth century it had become scarce and expensive. Gibson completely revised the text and commissioned new maps from Morden, which are known for their clarity and elegance. The latest research on Morden himself suggests a north country origin, possibly Yorkshire. He was part of Robert Hooke's circle, taking coffee with him at Garraway's and Mann's, and Samuel Pepys was among his customers.
Condition & Materials
Copper engraving, 36.5 x 43 cm, black and white, blank verso.