Richard Blome

1635 - 1705

Richard Blome was a London stationer and cartographer of some prominence.

Son of the bookseller Jacob Blome, who had the shop on Knightrider Street, Richard began as a heraldic painter and developed an expertise in arms-painting for funerals. Later Blome became an active publisher, who ushered in, together with his rival John Ogilby, a new stage in English cartographic publications. He was the first publisher since the publication of John Speed in 1611 to issue an atlas of England and Wales. Bishop William Nicolson, collector of antiquities accused Blome of plagiarism and lack of originality, but it is known that Blome acted more as a compiler and editor rather than the author of original maps.

Richard Blome was among the first publishers who used advance subscriptions to pay for his projects. According to Ashley Baynton-Williams, Blome died between May 7th 1705, the date his will was signed, and October 22nd of the same year. In the will he left his estate to his companion, Mrs. Jane Hilton. There was an earlier reference to the marriage of a Richard Blome in Carmarthen on October 19th, 1681, but whether this is the same man (the name, however, is not common), and what became of the spouse is not known.


A mapp of the estates of the Crowne of Poland, where are the Kingdoms of of Poland with its Palatinates the Dutches of Russia: Noire Cujavia, Mozovia, Prussia, Lithuania, Volhynia, Podolia, etc.

London: Printed for Ric. Blome, 1669.
G6520 1669 .B5


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