Hand coloured engraved Georgian map of Suffolk by Francis Grose c1780
This beautiful hand coloured engraved map of Suffolk dates back to 1780.
This is one of a series of maps that were originally engraved in c.1694 for John Seller's 'Anglia Contracta'. Seller (fl. 1660-1697) was a noted map maker and publisher of the time, particularly for his sea charts -- interestingly, financial difficulties had seen him produce the 'Anglia Contracta' to revive his fortunes. Nearly a century later, the plates were given a new lease of life when they were amended and printed on a page of historical text for Francis Grose's 'Antiquities' series. Grose (c.1731-1791), a former Richmond Herald and Militia Captain, was one of the most renowned historical writers of the period. The 'Antiquities' series proved popular with Grose's contemporaries and was published in several editions well into the 19th century.
The map it's self is a beautiful piece of history and would make a fine piece. The mount does show decolouration spots however the map is clean and vibrant.