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GB Patent: GB-161,700,001
Making maps
Patentee:
Aaron Rapburne - London, England

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None

Manufacturer:
Not known to have been produced

Witnesses:
Unknown

Patent Dates:
Granted: Mar. 02, 1617

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Description:
"A priviledge graunted to Aaron Rapburne, gent., & Roger Burges, for terms of xxj yeares next, of the sold making, describing, carving, & graving in copper, brasse, or other metall, all such and soe manie mappes, plotts, or descripeons of Lond. Westm., Bristoll, Norwich, Canterbury, Bath, Oxford, & Cambridge, and the towne & castle of Windsor, & to imprint and sett forth and sell the same."

This is arguably the earliest patent, although it is not clear whether it is an invention that is being protected, or a business model.

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