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Badeslade, Thomas

A compleat sett of mapps of England and Wales in general, and of each county in particular : accurately projected in a new method and all of them original drawings, most humbly inscribed to His Majesty King George by Francis Negus, Comisioner for Executing the Office of Master of the Horse to His Majesty : drawn and finsh'd by Tho. Badeslade.

Additional Title(s):

Chorographia Britanniae. Manuscripts

Great Britain, 1724.
Physical Description:
1 atlas ([58] leaves) : maps ; 17 x 20 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
G1808 .B32 1724
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Maps & Atlases (manuscript)
Bound in contemporary red morocco, with elaborate gold tooling, in imitation of the French fanfare style. Binding by same unknown hand as another ms., of 1715, presented to George I at Windsor.
Subject Terms:
Atlases, British -- Early works to 1800.
England -- Maps -- Early works to 1800.
George I, King of Great Britain, 1660-1727 -- Provenance.
George I, King of Great Britain, 1660-1727.
Great Britain -- Description and travel -- Early works to 1800.
Great Britain -- Road maps -- Early works to 1800.
Roads -- Great Britain -- Early works to 1800.
Wales -- Maps -- Early works to 1800.
Fanfare bindings (Binding)
Manuscript maps.
Ink drawings.
Negus, Francis, 1670?-1732.
Moll, Herman, -1732.
Badeslade, Thomas. Chorographia Britanniae.

"Thomas Badeslade, an engineer and surveyor, drew this remarkably beautiful series of English county maps in 1724. According to the title page, Francis Negus (1670-1732) intended to present the work to the king for a planned royal tour of the country. Negus, a former soldier and courtier, served under William I in Flanders before succeeding his father-in-law as a member of Parliament for Ipswich in 1717. That same year he was appointed to a prestigious court position as Commissioner for Executing the Office of the Master of the Horse. Although it appears he would have had the opportunity to present the atlas to the king, there is no evidence that he ever did. Certainly the tour never took place. The thirty-nine county maps are based on surveys published by Herman Moll, a Dutch cartographer who had moved to England in 1680. Badeslade's drawings were later engraved by William Henry Toms and published in 1742 under the title “Chorographia Britanniae” (also in Mellon's collections and now at the Center). Mellon's manuscript is most likely the "pocket book" mentioned on that work's title page, "first drawn and compiled ... by order and for the use of His late Majesty King George I." Toms's work was a considerable success, perhaps one of the two or three bestselling county atlases published in the eighteenth century. It was the first county atlas to be truly pocket size and immediately found a substantial and hitherto unexploited market."--Elisabeth Fairman. Paul Mellon's Legacy: a Passion for British Art: Masterpieces from the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, p. 307, no. 138, N5220.M552 P38 2007+ OVERSIZE (YCBA)

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