Rural Images

Estate Maps in the Old and New Worlds

Edited by David Buisseret

Rural Images
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Edited by David Buisseret

191 pages | 8 color plates, 70 halftones | 8-1/2 x 9-1/4 | © 1996
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9780226079905 Published July 1996
Just when private property materialized as an important social institution, a new kind of map appeared—the estate map. Prepared for private owners rather than national powers, these maps have been a little-studied strain of cadastral mapping until now. Here a group of leading historians—Sarah Bendall, David Buisseret, P. D. A. Harvey, and B. W. Higman—follow the spread of estate maps from their origin in England around 1570 to colonial America, the British Caribbean, and early modern Europe.

Generously illustrated with reproductions of rare manuscripts, including 8 color plates, these accounts reveal how estate maps performed vital economic and cultural functions for property owners until the end of the nineteenth century. From plans of plantations in Jamaica and South Carolina to a map of Queens College, Cambridge, handsome examples show that estate maps formed an important part of the historical record of property ownership for both individuals and corporations, and helped owners manage their land and appraise its value. Exhibited in public places for pleasure and as symbols of wealth, they often displayed elaborate cartouches and elegant coats-of-arms.
List of Illustrations
Editor's Note
Introduction: Defining the Estate Map
David Buisseret
1. The Estate Map in the Old World
David Buisseret
2. English Estate Maps: Their Early History and Their Use as Historical Evidence
P. D. A. Harvey
3. Estate Maps of an English Country: Cambridgeshire, 1600-1836
Sarah Bendall
4. The Estate Map in the New World
David Buisseret
5. The Making of Jamaican Estate Maps in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
B. W. Higman
6. The Evaluation and Interpretation of Jamaican Estate Maps of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
B. W. Higman
Conclusion: The Incidence and Significance of Estate Maps
David Buisseret
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