A MAP OF THE ISLE OF THANET. Published by J. Hall, Bookseller Margate.
No date [but inscribed 1795 on case.]. Engraved, dissected into 12 an mounted on canvas. 435 x 540mm [171/4 x 215/8 inches]. Inset plan of Ramsgate Harbour. Scale two inches to the mile. Folding into the original marbled slipcase with the engraved label: 'Hall's Map of the Isle of Thanet.' Case a little worn; Initials of owner and date on case, and twice on the reverse of the canvas where it folds into the case. A very good example of a scarce map. In the Kentish Gazette for August 30, 1777 J. Hall advertised his ‘Map of the Isle of Thanet from an actual survey by R. Budgen’ for sale at 5s ‘on fine canvas, in neat cases, for the pocket…. designed as a pocket companion for the Nobility and Gentry in their daily excursions, and a useful piece of furniture for the neighbourhood.’ One cannot rely on the date on the above copy, but it may well be that this copy is the earliest known issue.