Bedfordshire, George Bickham, 1796
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Title: George Bickham 18th century Pictorial Map of Bedfordshire
Publication: 'A Curious Collection of Birds-Eye Views of the Several Counties of England and Wales'
Description: From George Bickham's unusual publication of maps, each county depicted as a bird-eye view from an imaginary 'window' in the landscape.
Condition: Good, later hand colouring. Scarce.
Image size: 240 x 155mm
9.5 x 06.25" approx.
Order No. 3065
George Bickham Snr (1684–1758)
In October 1743 George Bickham advertised The British Monarchy, a topographical work that would later include some fort-eight maps and copperplate illustrations. Bickham senior was a famous engraver and the descriptive text of the volume is written in his elegant calligraphy.
Bickham was a famous engraver and the descriptive text of his volume is written in his excellent calligraphy. He was an expert in the field of writing various books on the subject including The Universal Penman. His son George Jnr was also a master engraver and was responsible for most of the birds-eye views.