• Thomas Kitchin


    Kitchin worked as a publisher and engraver from premises at The Star in Holborn, London. He was an engraver of the highest ability and produced a broad range of books on a variety of subjects as including topographical works. Kitchen produced a large number of maps of every kind for periodicals such as the London Magazine and for books on history and antiquities. He is probably best known though for his partnership with Emanuel Bowen with whom he published, in 1755, 'The Large English Atlas' which contained the finest county maps of the 18th Century.

    Some of his publications:

    • A General Atlas, describing the whole Universe. London: Robert Sayer, 1773 (first edition). Folio, 23 engraved maps on 35 double page mapsheets, mostly after S.Dunn, J. Rocque, T. Jefferys, L.S.d’A. de la Rochette, J.B.B. d’Anville and others. Six amps refer to the Americas, and include the first issue of Ross’s course of the river Mississippi, the second issue of Pownall’s New and Correct map of North America and the general map of the Americas.
    • A General Atlas, London, 1782-1787. Folio, 23 engraved maps on 35 map sheets. The atlas which Thomas Jefferys planned in the 1760’s was completed by his succesor, Robert Sayer, and was republished almost annually by him, and his heirs, Laurie and Whittle, until at least 1816. The format was influenced by the French Geographer D’Anville and concentrated on a few large folding maps, rather than numerous detailed sheets. Several of these form wall maps when joined. 
    • Counties of England, Wale and Scotland. London 1747-1781. 4to, 91 double page engraved county and regional maps. These were originally published in the London Magazine in monthly parts. 
    • Kitchin’s English Atlas: or, a Complete Set of all the Counties of England and Wales. London, 1765. 4to 54 engraved county maps. The maps were originally published in Kitchin’s England Illustrated (1763) . the maps were unrevised and never reissued. 
    Source: Soheby’s: Wardington Library, October 2006.