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Morden's Map of Lancashire

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Morden's Map of Lancashire

Date of publication:

  • c.1695
  • Place of publication:


  • modern
  • Robert Morden's county maps, like this one of Lancashire (the county palatine of Lancaster), were engraved to illustrate Gibson's edition* of William Camden's Britannia. Camden was an Elizabethan historian who wrote a county by county description of England. 

    An illustrated edition of Camden’s 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.  Read more

    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.

    *first published in 1695 and reprinted in 1722, 1753 and 1772. 

    Condition & Materials 

    Copper engraving, printed area measurement 42 x 36.5 cm, modern hand-colour, blank verso. Read less