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CARY, John, 1755-1835 : CARY’S REDUCTION OF HIS LARGE MAP OF ENGLAND AND WALES. WITH PART OF SCOTLAND ...
London : J. Cary, 1830. The 1830 revision of the standard map of England and Wales, sanctioned by the Post Master General, which began life in 1796 and continued in use to 1840. Constructed on a scale of fifteen miles to the inch, the turnpike roads, cross roads, navigable rivers, and canals are given particular attention, and differentiations made between cities, market towns, borough towns and smaller towns where yet post-horses and carriages could be supplied. England, Wales and a large portion of Scotland as they stood on the eve of the railway revolution, which was to change the face of the countryside and the concept of transport forever.
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HALL, Sidney, -1831 [& HALL, Selina, -1853] : A TRAVELLING ATLAS OF THE ENGLISH COUNTIES.
London : Chapman & Hall, . A set of hand-coloured maps of the English counties, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Wight, with general maps of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The maps were originally published serially between January 1830 and July 1832 and are here reissued in lithographic form with the railways, etc., brought right up to date – showing, for example, the Lewes-Uckfield line opened in 1858. The original engraver, Sidney Hall, died in January 1831. A number of plates were already completed, but from September 1831 the remaining counties (from Rutland onwards) are signed not with his characteristic "Sidy. Hall", but with the plainer "S. Hall", the style adopted by his widow Selina, who was quietly and successfully to carry on the business in this quasi-anonymous way until her own death in 1853.
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LE ROUGE, George Louis, -1778 : LES ISLES BRITANNIQUES.
Paris : Chés le Sr. le Rouge, . A neatly worked and attractive antique map of the British Isles. Originally produced by George Louis le Rouge (d.1778), French military engineeer, "ingenieur geographe du roi" and publisher, for his "Atlas Nouveau Portatif" (Paris : 1748 – and later editions).
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PEACOCK, William, 1839?-1910 – publisher : GALL & INGLIS’ MAP OF ENGLAND. WITH THE RAILWAYS.
London : W. Peacock, [ca.1862]. An attractive map from the Edinburgh publishers James Gall (1784-1872) and Robert Inglis (1820?-1887), here fashioned as a dissected puzzle by William Peacock. The counties of England and Wales broadly speaking each represent a single piece of the puzzle. William Peacock took over his father’s map dissecting business in or about 1861, and to judge from the extent and reach of the railway system, this map must have been prepared at about that time. Peacock went on to become the best known brand name for jigsaw puzzles of the late nineteenth century.
PETERMANN, Augustus (August Heinrich), 1822-1878 : PHYSICAL MAP OF THE BRITISH ISLES AND THE SURROUNDING SEAS, SHOWING THEIR : OROGRAPHY, CLIMATOLOGY AND SOME BOTANICAL & ZOOLOGICAL FEATURES.
London : Orr & Co., . An interesting and uncommon map, giving particular attention to mountain ranges, isothermal lines, etc. Constructed by the Prussian-born geographer, August Petermann during his early career in England. Originally produced for the part-work publication “The Land We Live In” (London : 1854-1856).
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RAMSAY, Andrew C. (Sir Andrew Crombie), 1814-1891 : GEOLOGICAL MAP OF ENGLAND & WALES.
London : Edward Stanford, 1866. Third edition. A magnificent and vibrantly-coloured wall-map compiled by Sir Andrew Crombie Ramsay, at this time Local Director and later to become Director-General of H. M. Geological Survey. England and Wales on a scale of twelve miles to the inch, hand-coloured in a multiplicity of carefully variegated colours to show the different strata. One of the most handsome British geological productions of the nineteenth century. Originally published in 1859 and carefully giving a list of authorities consulted.
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REED, W. – publisher : RAILWAY MAP OF ENGLAND & WALES, SHEWING THE ACTUAL & PROPOSED LINES, ALSO THE DISTANCES TO THE PRINCIPAL SEAPORTS OF FOREIGN STATES.
London : W. Reed, [ca.1845]. A handsome map of England and Wales, displaying the burgeoning railway network on a silk scarf or handkerchief. The map shows both completed lines and those under proposal and can be fairly precisely dated – the line from London to Exeter is completed (1844), but not the extension to Plymouth (1846); the line to Colchester is completed (1843), but not the extension to Ipswich (1846), etc. The publisher may possibly be identified with William Reed, linendraper, of Church Street, Rotherhithe.
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SEUTTER, Matthäus, 1678-1757 : ACCURATISSIMA ANGLIÆ SCOTIÆ ET HIBERNIÆ TAB. DENUO IN LUCEM EDITA.
Augsburg : Tob. Conrad Lotter, [ca.1760]. A fine and scarce antique map of the British Isles, with an elegant military lion and unicorn cartouche. In another corner an angel with a trumpet bears aloft the arms of the four nations, and there are sailing ships off the coast. Originally engraved by Tobias Conrad Lotter (1717-1777) for Seutter’s "Atlas Minor" in the 1740s and here in a slightly later state with Lotter’s own imprint.
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WALLIS, John, 1745?-1818 : WALLIS’S TOUR THROUGH ENGLAND AND WALES, A NEW GEOGRAPHICAL PASTIME.
London : John Wallis, 1794. A charming and early English example of a geographical game for children. The scheme of the game of essentially a race around England and Wales, commencing at Rochester and ending 117 places later in London. The rules together with a brief description of each of the places visited are contained in letterpress panels to the side of the map. Engraved by the Scottish engraver Archibald McIntyre (fl.1789-1812) for John Wallis’s celebrated Map Warehouse.
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