England Delineated by Dr John Aikin
Dr John Aikin (1747 – 1822)
Studied medicine in Edinburgh and practised in Great Yarmouth. He was a friend of Joseph Priestly, the scientist famous for chemistry.
Aikin first published England Delineated or, a “Geographical description of every county in England and Wales”; in 1788 without maps, the second and all subsequent editions except the last contained 43 simplistic maps probably intended for schoolchildren.
It was printed from a hand engraved Copper Plate. The image was reproduced as lines and as mirror image onto the Plate by the Engraver using sharp metal tools called Burins
The Plate was then inked and wiped leaving Ink in the engraved lines and was then put into a Press with a sheet of damp paper causing the image to be transferred. It is this impression that imparts the finished image with its unique, three-dimensional character
The extreme force used in the Copperplate printing process also causes the formation of a Plate Mark.
This is an impression or indentation left on the margin of a print caused by the plate edges and often is regarded as a sign of the quality and authenticity of the print.
Interestingly Prehistoric Humans used Burins made from flakes of rock with a chisel-like edge for engraving or for carving wood or bone.
approx 115mm x 173mm
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Old Antique Map of Bedfordshire printed from a Hand Engraved Copper Plate c.1800