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ANTIQUE MAP: UP AND DOWN THE RIVER. BENNET’S MAP & ABC GUIDE TO THE RIVER THAMES FROM OXFORD TO GRAVESEND WITH USEFUL NOTES FOR BOATING AND ANGLING.

BENNET, J.F. (John Frederick), 1852-1937 – publisher : UP AND DOWN THE RIVER. BENNET’S MAP & ABC GUIDE TO THE RIVER THAMES FROM OXFORD TO GRAVESEND WITH USEFUL NOTES FOR BOATING AND ANGLING.

London : J. F. Bennet, 1892. Sixth edition. A popular and attractive map of the best-known stretch of Thames, produced by the City of London printer and stationer, John Frederick Bennet of Queen Street, manufacturer of “Wryte-eezy” stationery, and whose shop is illustrated among the numerous and entertaining advertisements. The map is accompanied by twenty pages of text, with notes on angling, boating, steam-launches, locks and tolls, with a distance-table, and an A-Z guide to the riverside towns and villages. First published in 1889.
Coloured lithograph on thin card, folding into a pictorial cloth case. Printed surface 744 x 185mm (approx. 29-1/4” x 7-1/4”). Very minor wear to folds; text pamphlet loose and slightly frayed, but still an attractive example. Just a single copy of this edition (Wisconsin) located in major libraries worldwide – and only a handful of copies of any of the multiple earlier and later editions.

£200

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ANTIQUE MAP: UP AND DOWN THE RIVER. BENNET’S MAP & ABC GUIDE TO THE RIVER THAMES FROM OXFORD TO GRAVESEND WITH USEFUL NOTES FOR BOATING AND ANGLING.

BENNET, J.F. (John Frederick), 1852-1937 – publisher : UP AND DOWN THE RIVER. BENNET’S MAP & ABC GUIDE TO THE RIVER THAMES FROM OXFORD TO GRAVESEND WITH USEFUL NOTES FOR BOATING AND ANGLING.

London : J. F. Bennet, 1907. Twenty-first edition. A popular and attractive map of the best-known stretch of Thames, produced by the City of London printer and stationer, John Frederick Bennet of Queen Street, manufacturer of “Wryte-eezy” stationery, which is advertised and illustrated among the numerous and entertaining advertisements. The map is accompanied by twenty pages of text, with notes on angling, boating, steam-launches, locks and tolls, with a distance-table, and an A-Z guide to the riverside towns and villages. First published in 1889.
Coloured lithograph on paper, folding into a pictorial cloth case. Printed surface 744 x 185mm (approx. 29-1/4” x 7-1/4”). A few faint marks; some very minor creasing; one tiny hole, but still an attractive example. No copy of this edition located in major libraries worldwide – and only a handful of copies of any of the earlier editions.

£100

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BOWRING PETROLEUM CO. – publishers : MEX MOTOR SPIRIT MAP OF THE RIVER THAMES.

BOWRING PETROLEUM CO. – publishers : MEX MOTOR SPIRIT MAP OF THE RIVER THAMES.

London : Bowring Petroleum Co., [ca.1917]. An attractive pocket atlas of the Thames, comprising a double-page general map and twenty-eight sectional maps covering the Thames from Westminster Bridge to Cricklade, with a further sectional map showing the Thames and Severn Canal as far as Trewsbury House near Kemble. Four pages of text add material on the 1914 Bye-Laws affecting motor launches and a brief history of Mex Motor Spirit – helping the allies to victory in “the present great War”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 36pp. Thirty-one coloured maps by George Philip & Son. Original tan cloth wrappers, lettered and decorated in black and yellow; some minor external wear, but a very good copy. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£75

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ANTIQUE MAP: [COVER TITLE]

GEOGRAPHIA : [COVER TITLE] “GEOGRAPHIA” LARGE SCALE MAP OF THAMES VALLEY.

London : Geographia, [ca.1957]. A pre-motorway road map of the area to the west of London. The area covered is centred on Reading and extends from Aylesbury in the north to Winchester in the south – and from Marlborough across to the Isle of Dogs – on a scale of two miles to an inch. Ministry of Transport Class 1 (A) roads are shown in red, Class 2 (B) roads in blue, along with other roads and footpaths, with trunk road numbers, distances between towns, etc. Issued by Geographia after the change of their telephone number to FLE 2701 in about 1956.
Colour printed map on paper. Printed surface 720 x 960mm (approx. 28-3/8” x 38-3/4”). Folding into the original thin card pictorial wrappers; in very good and clean state.

£25

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ANTIQUE MAP: THE OARSMAN’S AND ANGLER’S MAP OF THE RIVER THAMES FROM ITS SOURCE TO LONDON BRIDGE.

REYNOLDS & SONS, James – publishers : THE OARSMAN’S AND ANGLER’S MAP OF THE RIVER THAMES FROM ITS SOURCE TO LONDON BRIDGE.

London : James Reynolds & Sons, 1884. A handsome folding nineteenth-century map of the Thames (from above Cricklade to London Bridge) on a scale of one-inch to the mile – with extensive printed marginal notes on locks, weirs, fishing, bathing, tolls, etc., and with towpaths, ferries, watermills, distances from London, etc., clearly marked. A further three pages of printed notes on boating, bye-laws, pleasure-boat tolls, angling, netting, fish sizes, night fishing, rods and punts, etc., are attached to the lining of the case. A revision of the map first produced for James Reynolds (1817-1876) by Ernest George Ravenstein (1834-1913) in 1861.
Lithograph on paper, with original hand colour. Printed surface 2600 x 141mm (approx. 102” x 5-5/8”). Mounted on linen, and folding into the original cloth gilt case; some faint browning to outer leaves, just a hint of wear to some folds, but a very good copy.

£200

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ANTIQUE MAP: STANFORD’S MAP OF THE RIVER THAMES FROM RICHMOND TO LECHLADE.

STANFORD, Edward, 1827-1904 : STANFORD’S MAP OF THE RIVER THAMES FROM RICHMOND TO LECHLADE.

London : Edward Stanford, (1947). A folding coloured map of the Upper Thames at a scale of 1-1/2 (3.8cm) inches to the mile. Some rather forlorn inked annotation records a voyage from Taplow to Chertsey – “Engine Stopped” (Boveney), “Engine Failed” (Laleham), “Ron’s Prang” (Chertsey).
Demy 8vo – opening out to approx. 335 x 21cm (132” x 8-1/4”). Original pictorial wrappers; some minor wear to folds, etc., but a nice example.

£40

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ANTIQUE MAP: THAMES WHARVES.

TEMPLE THOMSON & CLARK : THAMES WHARVES.

London : J. D. Potter, [ca.1905]. A striking and unusual map displaying (in two portions) the stretch of the tidal Thames from Charing Cross to Gravesend – the upper portion going downstream to Barking Reach, the larger lower portion from Halfway Reach on to Gravesend. At a scale of four inches to one sea mile, the prinicipal feature is the identification in red of over 180 steamship wharves, with notes on vessel lengths, average spring and neap depths, etc. Compiled by the steamship owners and brokers Temple, Thomson & Clark, from their address at 38 Leadenhall Street – premises they appear to have occupied for a short while either side of 1905 – and published by the nautical equipment firm established by John Dennett Potter of the Minories.
Colour printed lithograph on paper. Printed surface 665 x 995mm (approx. 26-1/4” x 39-1/4”). Dissected, mounted on linen, and folding into marbled guards; a little worn with some surface creasing; some damage to right hand margin, not affecting image; some holes, short splits and repaired tears to folds, but in reasonable condition for a scarce and heavily used working map of this type. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£400

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ANTIQUE MAP: REYNOLDS’S NEW CHART OF THE THAMES ESTUARY.

WELLAND, Ralph, 1847-1930 : REYNOLDS’S NEW CHART OF THE THAMES ESTUARY.

London : James Reynolds & Sons, 1893. A revised edition of a handsome nautical chart of the Thames Estuary, engraved by Ralph Welland for Reynolds & Sons, and originally published in 1887. The chart, which remained in print for many years, later under the Edward Stanford imprint, covers the maritime Thames and its approaches from Gravesend round to Harwich in the north and Ramsgate in the south, at a scale of two nautical miles to the inch (one statute mile = 23mm). Special attention is given to the deeps, the shallows, the water navigation, the channels, lights, the set of the tides, lighthouses and light-ships, buoys, beacons, sands, shoals, and soundings, together with a multiplicity of descriptive and explanatory notes. As a separate insert in the cloth case is an additional chart showing the river from St. Paul’s to Gravesend at the same scale. The cover title is “Reynolds’s New Coloured Chart of the Thames Estuary Extending to Harwich & Ramsgate with Map of the River from London to Gravesend”.
Lithograph on paper, with full original hand colour. Printed surface 54 x 62cm (approx. 21-1/4” x 24-1/2”), with the smaller chart 11 x 51cm (approx. 4-1/4” x 20”). The charts fold separately into the original cloth case (16cm), with the publishers’ decorative printed label; the case lightly marked and rubbed; some slight holing and splitting to folds of the main chart, but overall in good and serviceable condition for a fragile item. Just a single copy (National Maritime Museum) of this 1893 edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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