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Antique Large Scale Map of the County of Devon by
Benjamin Donn dated 1765

Devonshire by DonnLarge Scale Map 1765
Devonshire Large Scale Map by Benjamin Donn 1765


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Devonshire by DonnLarge Scale Map 1765
Devonshire Large Scale Map by Benjamin Donn 1765

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County map of Devonshire Benjamin Donn engraved by Thomas Jeffereys dated 1765. Sheets 5-12 of the twelve sheet large scale county map.

A rare chance to purchase the Mid and South Devon sections of this 18th century award winning map, would make a magnificent centre-piece in a large room.

Overall condition: Rare paper only copy, not laid on linen as with most copies, each sheet is approximately 720 x 520mm and has a centrefold, original outline colouring and some off-setting.

Sheet 12 - Title cartouche with very decorative vignette, Plymouth, Devonport, River Tamar, St. Budeaux, Tamerton Foliot, Saltash, Buckland Monochorum and Bere Alston, Includes markets, Tin and Copper mines. Paper good, some off-setting.
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Sheet 11 - Plymouth to Kingsbridge, includes scales and Newton Ferrers, Noss Mayo, Yealmpton, Kingston, Ringmore, Thurlestone Modbury, Ermington, Ugborough, Loddiswell, Bigbury, Moreleigh, Diptford, Cornwood, Harford, South Brent, Buckfastleigh, Ashburton Ivybridge, Brixton, Plympton Earle, Meavy, Sheepstor, Walkhampton. Old tape repair to lower margin centre-fold, some offsetting.
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Sheet 10 - Start Point to Teignmouth, includes Stokenham, Torcross, Slapton Stoke Flemming, Dartmouth, Kingswear, Dittisham, Cornworthy, Totnes, Dartington, Berry Pomeroy, Little Hempston, Brixham, Churston Ferrers, Paignton, Stoke Gabriel, Torquay, Newton Abbot, Combe Teignhead. Paper good, some off-setting.
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Sheet 9 - A Plan of the Town and Citadel of Plymouth with A Plan of Stoke Town and Plymouth Dock (Devonport), scale 40 poles or 660 feet. Good image and paper, small binding holes as published.
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Sheet 8 - Tavistock to Holsworthy, features Sydenham, Brentor, Lifton. Some off-setting.
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Sheet 7 - Moretonhampstead to Hatherleigh, features, Chagford, Dartmoor, Bridstow, Widecombe in the Moor, Okehampton, North Tawton, Cranmere Pool, Manaton, North Bovey. Offsetting and old tape mark reinforcing to centrefold.
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Sheet 6 - Bovey Tracy to Uffculme, features Chudleigh, Ideford, Bishopsteignton, Dawlish, Exeter, Exmouth Otterton, Topsham, Crediton, Broad Clyst, Pinhoe, Rockbere, Bradnich Cullompton, Lympstone, Powderham, Haldon Hill. Some off-setting and marginal blemishes.
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Sheet 5 - Sidmouth to Lyme Regis, features, a large compass rose, Branscombe, Seaton, Axmouth, Colyton, Kilmington, Axminister, Honiton, Ottery St. Mary, Dunkerswell, Membury. Off-setting, repair to right margin.
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Title: An antique map of Devon
Medium: Hand coloured engraving. Image Size: 1260 x 1920mm, 49.5 x 75.5 " approx.
Order No. 2915 Price: SOLD Individual Paper Size: 720 x 520mm, 28.25 x 20.25 " approx.
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Biography:
Benjamin Donn
In 1759 the Royal Society of Arts, then known as the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, offered an annual award of £100 for the best original 1" to 1 mile county survey. Donn and Isaac Taylor's (Dorset) submitted entries, but Benjamin Donn was the first successful applicant, with a twelve sheet map of Devonshire, engraved by Thomas Jeffereys and published in 1765.

A Devonian, Donn was a well-known mathematician as well as a surveyor and teacher of mathematics in Bideford, before moving to Bristol. Also interested in tidal flows he published a set of figures for the South West of England.
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Thomas Jefferys (1719-1771) was one of the most important engravers of the eighteenth century. His considerable output covered the entire field of printing from maps to satires and portraits. Learning his trade as an apprentice with Emanuel Bowen. He produced several other large scale county maps which proved expensive to produce and may have contributed to his bankruptcy in 1765. Robert Sayer and latterly William Faden joined forces with Jeffreys, giving financial assistance to the business and in Faden's case leading to an eventual takeover after Jeffrey's death in 1771.

 

Eighteenth century map of Devon by Benjamin Donn.

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