Copperplate

(Maps) Devonshire : 17 items
W. Kip    Camden's Britannia 1637 (1607)
£250
33.5 x 29.5cm


The first five editions of Camden's successful history and topography of Britain were without maps, but for the sixth edition of 1607 the engravers William Hole and William Kip were commissioned to provide a set of maps of the counties of England and Wales, plus 3 general maps of the countries comprising the new "United Kingdom". These maps were retained for the subsequent 1610 and 1637 editions. They are based on the earlier work of Saxton, Norden, Smith and Owen. This attractively coloured example is from the 1637 edition.
Ref: DEV 148
 
F. Grose J. Seller    The Antiquities of England and Wales 1787-1809 (1695)
£35
14.5 x 12.5cm


In 1695 John Seller published a county atlas titled Anglia Contracta. The plates were much later acquired by Francis Grose, revised, and used in a supplement to his partwork on British antiquities. The supplement with maps was first published in 1787, and ran to several later editions. Modern colour, with descriptive text below and to verso.
Ref: DEV 021
 
T. Kitchin    The Antiquities of England and Wales c1789 (1750)
£60
18.5 x 20.5cm


This map was first published in the August 1750 edition of the London Magazine, which between 1747 and 1754 issued a complete set of English county maps by Thomas Kitchin. The maps were later re-published by Alexander Hogg in Boswell's Antiquities of England & Wales, initially in partwork from c 1787-9, and then in several complete editions of the work up to 1798. This example of the Devon map is from the first complete edition of Boswell's Antiquities dating from c1789. Mounted.
Ref: DEV 042
 
J. Cary    Camden's Britannia 1789
£40
47.5 x 43cm


Camden's Britannia was first published in 1586. County maps by Kip and Hole were first added in 1607, being supplanted by those of Robert Morden for the five editions from 1695 to 1772. In 1789 a new translation of the work by Richard Gough was published by T. Payne and G.& J. Robinson, with updated and modernised maps by John Cary. The same maps were also later used in Cary's New British Atlas of 1805. They can be found uncoloured, with outline colour, or with full wash colour. This example is from the first Gough edition of Britannia, published in 1789. Modern hand colour. Some slight creasing, and narrow margins, but sufficient to mount and frame.
Ref: DEV 013
 
C. Smith    New English Atlas 1808 (1804)
£95
47.5 x 44cm


Charles Smith was a successful London publisher and map-seller, whose work is stylistically very similar to that of John Cary. His large format New English Atlas first came to market in 1804, but many of the maps have also been found in folding format and may have been sold individually before the publication of the atlas. Smith's maps were well designed and accurate, making use of the large scale county surveys of the previous half-century. The atlas was a commercial success and was up-dated and re-published regularly until c1865 (the latter editions produced by lithographic transfer). This example is from the 1808 second edition, and is in bright and original full colour.
Ref: DEV 158
 
M. Leigh S. Hall    Leigh's New Pocket Atlas of England and Wales 1820-31
£25
12.5 x 7cm


This entry into the popular market for miniature atlases and road books was first published by M.A. Leigh in 1820 under the title Leigh's New Pocket Atlas of England and Wales. The maps were engraved by Sidney Hall. There were several later editions up to 1843, under slightly changed titles. This example dates from between 1820 and 1831 (so dated by Leigh's address - 18 Strand - in the imprint).
Ref: DEV 031
 
J. Barclay T. Moule    Barclay's Universal English Dictionary 1852 (1837)
£60
24.5 x 18.5cm


Thomas Moule's antiquarian leanings are evident in this series of highly decorative county maps - a stylistic throwback in an age when cartographic work had become much plainer and more utilitarian. The maps were engraved by W. Smollinger, J. Bingley and J. Dower, and first appeared in Moule's English Counties Delineated, a partwork with text issued from 1830-32. They were subsequently made available as a complete work in 1837 under the same title, and were later re-issued in Barclay's Universal English Dictionary between 1842 and 1852. This latter work ran to several editions and the maps were often updated between editions to show the latest growth of the railway network. This example in modern colour is from the 1852 edition of Barclay's Dictionary. Supplied mounted and ready to frame.
Ref: DEV 163
 
B. Clarke R. Rowe    The British Gazetteer 1852 (1816)
£30
40.5 x 33.5cm


These maps first appeared in Rowe's English Atlas of 1816, being subsequently acquired by a succession of later publishers and used in a variety of their works. They were modified and updated during this time. This example is the second lithographic transfer for Clarke's British Gazetteer, published in 1852 by H.G. Collins. The map was folded and trimmed just within the bottom right hand border to fit the volume, but has been re-margined with old paper to facilitate mounting if so desired. An unobtrusive repaired tear 1 cm within the right hand border.Modern hand colour.
Ref: DEV 1157
 
E. Bowen J. Owen    Britannia Depicta 1720-64
£60
12 x 18.5cm


Britannia Depicta was one of 3 pocket-sized reductions of Ogilby's road book that appeared within an 18 month time-frame between 1719 and 1720. It was more innovative than the others in including much additional topographical and historical information (researched by John Owen). It also included a set of English and Welsh county maps as well as the road maps, all of which were engraved by Emanuel Bowen.The work was a commercial success and ran to many later editions. This is the second state of the map.
Ref: DEV 028
 
R. Morden    Magna Britannia et Hibernia 1716/1720
£75
21 x 17.5cm


Morden's set of smaller maps may originally have been drawn and engraved for Camden's Britannia, but rejected as too small. They were first published in 1701 in The New Description and State of England. This example is from Magna Britannia et Hibernia, originally issued as a 92 part topographical work between 1714 and 1731, but gradually also made available in 6 finished, bound volumes. The text and map of Devon first appeared in the September 1716 number of the partwork, and subsequently in Volume 1 of the bound work with a title-page date of 1720. There was a later edition of the complete work in 1739. Original outline colour.
Ref: DEV 037
 
H. Fisher    Fisher's County Atlas of England and Wales c1845
£45
50.5 x 36cm


This atlas project was initiated by James Gilbert in 1842 with the first 7 maps being drawn and engraved by Joshua Archer, but was then taken over over by Fisher, Son & Co. and subsequent maps (including the map of Devonshire) were engraved by F.P. Becker & Co. Most of the maps are single page, but that of Devonshire is given a double page. Original outline colour. Minor repair to lower centrefold split and two pinholes.
Ref: DEV 1689
 
J. Walker R. Creighton    View of the Representative History of England 1835
£22
23 x 18.5cm


This work was published in 1835 as a companion volume to Lewis's Topographic Dictionary. It contains county and borough maps, drawn by R. Creighton and engaved by J.& C. Walker, and was designed to show the electoral and boundary changes effected by the 1832 Reform Act. There were 2 issues of the work in 1835 and 1840, this example of the county map being from the 1835 first edition. Original outline colour.
Ref: DEV 004
 
A. Perrot    L'Angleterre, ou Description Historique et Topographique du Royaume de la Grande-Bretagne 1824-35
£95
6.5 x 11cm


The text for this French topographical work on Britain was written by George Depping, the maps being drawn by Aristide Perrot and engraved by A. Migneret. It was first published in 1824, with subsequent editions in 1828 and 1835. The maps often cover more than one county, but Devon gets a page to itself. The surrounding decorative border shows the typical produce and wares of the counties. Original outline colour.
Ref: DEV 003
 
J. Jansson    Atlas 1644
£495
49 x 38cm


The plates of Mercator's great world Atlas later passed to the Hondius family and then to Jan Jansson who all continued to issue new editions with changes and additions along the way. In 1636 Jansson issued a new German edition of the atlas in which a number of new maps of individual English counties appeared for the first time. These new maps appeared again in the 1644 Dutch edition, with the further addition of 11 more maps of English and Welsh counties, including this map of Devon. All these new county maps were subsequently revised, with the addition of coats of arms and other decorative flourishes. to better compete with the British maps in Vol 4 of Blaeu's 1645 Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. The revised versions were then re-published in Jansson's Atlas Novus of 1646.This first-state version of Devonshire is uncommon, and would be a welcome addition to any Devon collection. Repair to 1cm long lower centrefold tear, not affecting the image.
Ref: DEV 016
 
G. Humble P. van den Keere    England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland Described and Abridged ….from a Farr Larger Volume Done by John Speed 1627-65 (c1605)
£90
12.5 x 8.5cm


Around 1599 Peter Van Den Keere began engraving a set of miniature British maps (based on Saxton). These were first published in Amsterdam in c1605. By 1619 the plates had passed to the London bookseller George Humble, who revised them (changing Latin county names to English), but also engraved new plates to replace those counties grouped together on one map in the originals. The original van den Keere plate had Devonshire as an individual county and so was retained, but with the county name revised to it's English version. Humble's first issue of the maps was in 1619. For his second edition of 1627 English text was added to the verso of the maps. All the maps are generally referred to as by Van den Keere, but Skelton doubts this attribution for the newly engraved versions. The atlas went through several later editions until 1676. This example dates from between 1627 and 1665 (the plate number being changed to (9) from the edition of 1627, but before the later development of cracks to the printing plate).
Ref: DEV 032
 
Anon.    Source Publication Unknown c1850-1900?
£18
11.5 x 12.5cm


Sketch-Map of Devon. An anonymous small map of Devon from an unidentified source. It is titled simply "Sketch-Map of Devon", and is printed by lithography. Tentatively dated to the second half of the 19th century.
Ref: DEV 036
 
J. Lodge    Untitled Atlas of the English Counties c1795
£95
32 x 26cm


This was one of a set of county maps engraved by John Lodge and issued between 1787 and 1790 in The Political Magazine, and Parliamentary, Naval, Military and Literary Journal, published initially by John Murray, and later by R. Butters. The maps were subsequently collected together and re-issued as an atlas (without title page) around 1795. For this atlas edition the imprint with the publication date and engraver's and publisher's signatures was removed from the maps. This example is from the atlas edition. The maps are well engraved in the plainer style then coming into vogue. They are uncommon, and sought by collectors.
Ref: DEV 039