Copperplate

B.R. Davies : 7 items

Maps

B.R. Davies J. Cassell    Cassell's British Atlas 1865 (c1862)
£24
42 x 30.5cm


Benjamin Rees Davies first drew this map for the Weekly Dispatch newspaper as part of a series published between 1857 and 1863. The maps were then re-issued in a complete work as The Dispatch Atlas in 1863, before the plates were acquired by the firm of Cassell, Petter and Galpin. They re-issued them as Cassell's Complete Atlas in 1863 and again in 1865, with the addition of statistical information, in Cassell's British Atlas, and in Cassell's Topographical Guides to individual counties. Old folds to this example suggest it is from the guide to Surrey. All editions of the maps were by lithographic transfer. Repaired tear impinging c5.5cms inside the right-hand border, and other minor repairs to marginal nicks not impinging the printed area.
Ref: SUR 1312
 
B.R. Davies    S.D.U.K. 1836
£25
38.5 x 30cm


Edinburgh Environs. The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK), produced a number of works to capitalise upon the growing Victorian trend for education and self-improvement. These included a number of maps, plans and topographical books and partworks. This map of the southern environs of Edinburgh was engraved by Benjamin Rees Davies and published in 1836.
 
B.R. Davies G. Bacon    New Large Scale Ordnance Atlas of the British Isles 1884-7 (c1862)
£30
45.5 x 30.5cm


Benjamin Rees Davies first drew this map for the Weekly Dispatch newspaper as part of a series published between 1857 and 1863. The subsequent history of the maps includes re-issues in The Dispatch Atlas in 1863, Cassell's Complete Atlas in 1863, Cassell's British Atlas in 1865, Bacon's County Atlas in 1869, and Bacon's New Large Scale Ordnance Atlas from 1883. This example is dated from railway evidence to one of the editions of the last-named between 1884 and 1887. All editions of the maps were by lithographic transfer. Original printed colour
Ref: SUR 1309
 
B.R. Davies Fisher, Son & Co.    Cornwall Illustrated 1832
£45
23.5 x 19cm


This map was the frontispiece in Cornwall Illustrated, authored by J. Britton & E.W. Brayley, and published by Fisher & Co. in 1832. It was engraved by Benjamin Rees Davies.The vignette is of the Cheese Wring, and two inset maps cover the northern tip of Cornwall and the Scilly Isles.
Ref: COR 009
 

Foreign Maps

B.R. Davies    Maps of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge 1840 or 1844
£175
39 x 32cm


Constantinople. The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge is an excellent example of marketing to the Victorian public's drive for self-education and improvement. Over it's lifetime the socity's publications contained a large number of maps, initially published in partwork, and in 1844 as a collected 2 volume work, titled as indicated. Publication was by Chapman & Hall, who worked closely with the Socity for many years and published most of its output. This detailed town plan of Constantinople was engraved by Benjamin Rees Davies after a drawing by Hellert.
Ref: FOR 031
 

Town Plans

B.R. Davies    Davies's New Map of London and its Environs 1874
£250
103 x 71cm


London . This is one of several London maps drawn and engraved by Benjamin Rees Davies during his lifetime. It was published by Edward Stanford, and its scale of 2 inches to the miles allows coverage of an area encompassing Harrow, Barkingside, Eltham and Teddington. The map is dissected into 32 segments, and linen-backed, folding into its original slip case. I have not been able to discover its first date of publication, but have encountered several examples bearing dates between 1862 and 1901, this copy bearing the date 1874. Original colour.
Ref: TWN 142
 
B.R. Davies    Maps of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge 1840 or 1844
£75
39 x 32cm


Constantinople. The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge is an excellent example of marketing to the Victorian public's drive for self-education and improvement. Over it's lifetime the socity's publications contained a large number of maps, initially published in partwork, and in 1844 as a collected 2 volume work, titled as indicated. Publication was by Chapman & Hall, who worked closely with the Socity for many years and published most of its output. This detailed town plan of Constantinople was engraved by Benjamin Rees Davies after a drawing by Hellert.
Ref: FOR 031