The Kent Map
The Kent Map
A Survey of the County, first published in 1769
The London Bookseller Andrew Dury and the engraver John Andrews began work on The Kent Map in 1765. They finally published the incredibly detailed survey as a bound book of maps in 1769. Addison Publications now offer you a perfect facsimile of this remarkable work.
The geographical position of Kent has given it an extraordinary strategic and economic importance since the earliest times. The particular importance of Canterbury, the seat of the Primate of England, was highlighted by the cartographers of our 1769 map by the inclusion of an entire additional plate dedicated to the city, showing its streets and houses in unprecedented detail.
This mapping of ‘The Garden of England’ is also a survey of a county of supreme maritime importance. When the map was created, the Kent ports of Chatham and Sheerness in the Medway and Woolwich in Deptford on the Thames shared the burden of housing the Royal Navy. This is perhaps the reason why the map, unusually, depicts all the sandbanks and charted depths of the coastal waters.
Dury and Andrews surveyed great houses as well as farms and cottages, rivers and coastline as well as gardens and the name of individual home-owners. The scale of two inches to one mile shows, in fascinating detail, the land, the coast and the social fabric of the time. A look at any of the map sheets is to be absorbed into a study of Kent in 1769 and how it relates to the Kent of today.
Original copies of The Kent Map are rare. King George III was one of the original subscribers, and a copy is kept in The Royal Collection. A few more are in private libraries and collections. This publication means that a perfect facsimile copy is now available for you to own.
The book is bound in the traditional style for fine atlases, and the edition is limited to 500 numbered copies.
“... the most skilfully engraved and beautiful of all the historic maps of Kent”
The Kent Map is a limited edition publication of 500 hand-numbered books.
Book size: 54-38cm
Map sheets open to 53x74cm printed on Chagall Bianco paper by Cordenon.
28 double-page spreads including index map, map of Canterbury and Subscribers’page
Double endpapers using two shades of Hahnemühle papers
Inset leather titling label and raised spine bands
Presented in a buckram-bound solander case, with 25x19cm commentary volume by Peter Barber, former Map Librarian of The British Library.
The purchase includes a loose unbound map sheet of your area of choice, suitable for framing.