A New Description of Kent… by Philip Symonson (fl.1577-1598)
by Philip Symonson, published by Robert Sayer (c.1745-1751), London, c1775.
copper engraved map with modern hand colouring; image size 52 x 77 cm. 2 sheets joined; several folds, some as issued; false margins all around; some areas with paper loss manuscripted in; some holes in cross folds.
A very beautiful and detailed map of Kent by Symonson. The early state engraved by Charles Whitwell was re-issued by Peter Stent in 1659 with views of Dover Castle & Towne(Hollar imprint), and Rye (van Dyck imprint)added by W.Hollar. The map has imprints of Whitwell as well as Robert Sayer at the bottom of the map. According to R.A.Burgess (Printed Maps of Kent) 4.VIII ‘ Sayer & Bennett offered the map for sale in their catalogue c1775 no copy known with their joint Pi.’- Large cartouche with descriptive text and a legend. – Despite it’s heavily restoration, this map is quite rare due to the Sayer imprint and the various changes made to the cartouche.
Symonson was an English surveyor, cartographer and mayor of Rochester.
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