This was the heyday of the so-called'droll' mezzotint and Robert's output of designs, executed in watercolour and then engraved, was an integral part of his stock. Carington Bowles was among of the most active map sellers of his day in London, which will explain Dightons caricature maps in his Geography Bewitched series, including Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales (this map).
His crime was exposed when a dealer, but the name of Samuel Woodburn, having acquired a Rembrandt etching from Dighton, went to the British Museum to compare it with their copy, whereupon he found the print to be missing. Dighton later confessed that he had befriended a museum official by drawing portraits of him and his daughter during his visits and used this relationship to remove prints from the museum hidden in his own portfolio.
The map is in very nice condition, but it has been trimmed, mounted on cardboard, the original title is still present but is stuck to the rear of the frame, the publisher details is not present, but it was published by Bowles & carver London 1804. Now 2012 years old and extremely rare, I can only see one other genuine copy for sale worldwide. The map is still with its glazed frame, but I have removed it to inspect.
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EX RARE" is in sale since Friday, November 17, 2017. This item is in the category "Books, Comics & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectable". The seller is "rackham-man" and is located in YEOVIL.This item can be shipped worldwide.