Copperplate

(Maps) Huntingdonshire : 40 items
C. Saxton P. Lea    The Shires of England & Wales 1732-48 (1579)
£1250
51 x 39cm


In c1689 Philip Lea published a new edition of Saxton's atlas, the plates being much revised to include roads and town plans. Lea's plates were acquired by George Wildey in 1730 who added his own imprint and sold the maps singly or in atlas format. The Saxton map originally covered the 5 counties of Northants, Beds, Hunts. Rutland and Cambridge. Lea's revisions obliterated much of Cambridgeshire, and Wildey had to have a new map of this county engraved for the atlas. Old colour. A very good example of this most desirable and scarce map.G. Wildey imprint.
Ref: NTN 516
 
J. Speed    Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine 1616 (1612)
£395
50.5 x 38cm


John Speed's maps of the English and Welsh counties are amongst the most decorative of early, British cartographic work, and are eagerly sought after today. They were first published in 1612 in The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine, designed as a companion volume to Speed's History of Great Britaine. The maps were based on the earlier surveys of Saxton, Norden and a few others, with engraving contracted to Jodocus Hondius whose signature appears on 33 of the maps. Speed's greatest innovation was the inclusion of inset plans of major towns and cities. Although some were copied from earlier work, for many towns this was first plan ever published. Speed's county atlas was re-issued a number of times for a period of around 160 years, with new publishers making various small changes and updates to the maps over time. This copy is an early example from the 1616 Latin text edition of the work, in which the descriptive text on the verso is in Latin rather than the usual English.
Ref: HUN 147
 
J. Blaeu    Theatrum Orbis Terrarum 1645, 1648 or 1662 (1645)
£235
49.5 x 39cm


The Blaeu family were one of the leading Dutch map producers of the 17th century. Their major work was a multi volume world atlas initiated by Willem Blaeu and expanded by his son Joan. Their maps were beautifully designed and engraved, and are often found with original colour, making them most desirable to collectors. 1645 saw the first publication of volume 4 of the atlas, containing maps of England and Wales. There were several re-issues between then and 1672 when most of Blaeu's plates were lost in a fire which engulfed his Amsterdam premises. The Latin text to the verso dates this example to the editions of 1645, 1648, or 1662. Original colour.
Ref: HUN 145
 
R. Morden    Camden's Britannia 1722 (1695)
£75
42 x 36cm


Camden's Britannia - a history and topography of Britain - was first published in 1586 and had a long and successful publication history. County maps by Kip and Hole were addded in 1607, and these also appeared in the editions of 1610 and 1637. Over 50 year's later it was decided to issue a new and updated edition. The original Latin text was re-translated by Edmund Gibson, and Robert Morden was commissioned to provide a new set of county and general maps in a more modern style. The revised work was issued in 1695. There were 4 further editions of the Gibson/Morden work, the last in 1772, before a further updated version by Richard Gough was launched in 1789, with new maps by John Cary. This example of Morden's Huntingdonshire map is in attractive modern hand colour, and is from the edition of 1722.
Ref: HUN 108
 
J. Seller    Camden's Britannia Abridg'd 1701 (c1695)
£35
14.5 x 12cm


First published in Anglia Contracta in c1695, John Seller's maps were subsequently reissued in A History of England in 1696, and in Camden's Britannia Abridg,d in 1701. They were later re-used in the 1780's in Grose's Antiquities of England and Wales, for which titles and scale-bars were changed, the maps also being set in a page of text. The Seller/Grose maps are common, the originals by Seller much less so. This example of the Huntingdonshire map is from Camden's Britannia Abridg'd published in 1701. Modern hand colour.
Ref: HUN 146
 
E. Bowen J. Owen    Britannia Depicta 1720-c1764
£30
11.5 x 18.5cm


Britannia Depicta was one of 3 pocket-sized reductions of Ogilby's road book that appeared within an 18 month timeframe between 1719 and 1720. It was more innovative than the others in including much additional topographical and historical information (researched by John Owen) on the maps. The work was a commercial success and ran to many later editions.
Ref: HUN 014
 
T. Kitchin    England Illustrated/Kitchin's English Atlas 1763 or 1765
£45
19 x 25.5cm


England Illustrated was a topographical work on England and Wales published in 2 volumes by R. and J. Dodsley in 1763. The work included a set of English and Welsh county maps drawn and engraved by Thomas Kitchin. These were republished without the text as Kitchin's English Atlas in 1765. An ex-library blind stamp.
Ref: HUN 016
 
J. Ellis    Ellis's English Atlas 1766 (1765)
£50
.19 x 25.5cm


Joseph Ellis's English Atlas was an entry into the market for small county atlases by its publishers Robert Sayer and Carington Bowles. The county maps were closely based upon those drawn by Thomas Kitchin for the 1763 topographical work England Illustrated, the major difference being the attractive vignettes which replaced Kitchin's rococco cartouches. The atlas was first published in 1765, and soon became a commercial success, running to many later editions. It was promoted as a travelling atlas, and made available in various formats. These included a version with the maps printed back to back on each page, as with this example from a 1766 edition which has a map of Herefordshire on the reverse.
Ref: HUN 284
 
J. Cary    New and Correct English Atlas 1787
£30
21 x 27cm


The last decades of the 18th century saw less emphasis being placed on the traditions of decorative mapmaking in favour of a plainer style and design. Foremost amongst this new wave of "modern" cartographers and engravers was John Cary. The New and Correct English Atlas was Cary's first major production as a publisher in his own account. The maps were not only clearly and elegantly drawn and engraved, but also set new standards in accuracy in taking advantage of all the new large-scale county surveys of the second half of the 18th century. The atlas was first published in 1787, with a re-issue in 1793. By 1808 the printing plates were well worn, and the engraving of a new set was begun. These were utilised for the next edition of 1809 and others that followed. This example, however, is from the first edition of the atlas in 1787. Supplied ready-mounted.
Ref: HUN 096
 
J. Harrison    Maps of the English Counties 1791 (1788)
£35
33 x 46cm


Harrison's atlas was first published in 1791, but maps were engraved and dated between 1787 and 1791, and may have been sold singly as completed. Huntingdonshire is dated 1788, and bears the signatures of Haywood and Sudlow as cartographer and engraver respectively. There were later editions of the atlas in 1792 and c1815. a small marginal tear not affecting the image.
Ref: HUN 063
 
C. Smith    New English Atlas 1808 (1804)
£70
44 x 49cm


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: HUN 287
 
J. Aiken    England Delineated 1790
£12
9.5 x 14.5cm


John Aikin (or Aiken) wrote this topographical work for children in order "to make my young countrymen better acquainted than they are usually found to be with their native land". The first edition of 1788 did not include county maps, but these were added for the second edition of 1790, from which this example comes. The work was published by Joseph Johnson, but the maps are unsigned. There were four later editions of the book with the maps, and one without. The Huntingdonshire map is fairly simple, befitting the needs of its target audience, and the text may be available at no extra charge.
Ref: HUN 288
 
B. Capper    Topographical Dictionary of the UK 1808
£10
10 x 18cm


Benjamin Pitts Capper was the author of this topographical directory, first published by R. Phillips in 1808. The maps were engraved, and possibly drawn by H. Cooper. Later editions of the work carry the imprint of G.and W.B. Whittaker who re-published the book from 1825-34. This example is from the first edition of 1808, with the hundreds shown in original, full wash colour.
Ref: HUN 290
 
J. Cary    New English Atlas 1811 (1809)
£70
48 x 53.5cm


It is suprising that Cary's large county atlas was issued as late as 1809, as individual maps from it seem to have been sold singly from 1801. The atlas format was perhaps to compete with the similarly sized atlas of Charles Smith, which went under the same title and was published in 1804. It is perhaps Cary's finest production, the maps being notable for their fine design, detail and engraving. The atlas ran to several later editions by Cary, and the plates were later used for a variety of lithographic transfers by G.F. Cruchley. This example is from the second edition of 1811, and is in original full colour.
Ref: HUN 291
 
C. Smith    New English Atlas 1828/1833 (1822)
£28
13 x 24cm


In 1822 Charles Smith issued a county atlas with maps based on his larger county maps which had been in circulation for over 20 years. The new maps were smaller in scale, but the atlas bore the same title as that in which his larger maps appeared. They are clearly drawn and engraved, but although there were several editions of the atlas, they are today amongst the rarer of the 18th century county maps. This example is from the edition of 1828 or 1833, in which the maps have no date in the imprint, but before railways were added for the edition of 1844. Original outline colour.
Ref: HUN 006
 
J. Pigot     From a Pigot & Co. Commercial Directory 1839-42 (1829)
£20
22 x 36cm


James Pigot & Co's county maps were issued in their British Atlas (from c1829), in several of their national and local business directories (from 1826 for the "home counties", at least), and singly in folding form as travelling maps. They were amongst the first maps to be printed from steel instead of copper plates, allowing more accurate fine detail and less wear to the plates over time. Atlas and directories went through several editions up to around 1857, later editions from 1846 being re-named Slater's New British Atlas, with imprints changed accordingly. On the basis of the 2 horizontal folds this specimen is likely to derive from one of Pigot's commercial directories.Some partial browing. Repair to splits at folds, one impinging c 1 cm inside the printed area.
Ref: HUN 293
 
S. Tymms    The Family Topographer 1832 (1831)
£20
7.5 x 12.5cm


These maps, by an unknown hand, were first published by J.B. Nichols and Son in 1831 to support a series of volumes on the legal circuits. In 1832 they were re-issued in The Family Topographer, with text written by Samuel Tymms. They also later appeared in 1842 in Camden's Britannia Epitomized and Continued, with text again by Tymms. Uncommon.
Ref: HUN 033
 
J. Duncan    A Complete County Atlas of England and Wales 1840-45 (1825)
£30
34.5 x 44cm


Coloured. These maps were first published in 1825, and probably sold singly. In 1833 they were re-published by James Duncan in a thematic atlas to illustrate the representative changes brought about by the 1832 Reform Act. There were later re-issues in 1840 and 1845 with the addition of railways, and this map dates from one of these editions. A little light offsetting.
Ref: HUN 1103
 
R. Rowe    The English Atlas 1816 (1815)
£75
34 x 41.5cm


This detailed and well engraved map was one of a set first published around 1812-14 by Robert Rowe, who was probably also their draftsman and engraver. The maps were initially sold singly in folding format until their collective issue in 1816 as The English Atlas. The plates were later acquired by Henry Teesdale, who amended titles and imprints and re-issued the work as the New British Atlas in 1829, with several re-issues up to 1842. The plates were later acquired and used by H.G. Collins and then by G. Philip and Son, who both used them as the base for lithographic transfers for a variety of works up to c1860. This example is from the 1816 first 1816 (and only) edition of The English Atlas issued by Rowe, and is much rarer than the later issues by Teesdale, Collins or Philip. Original colour.
Ref: HUN 024
 
J. Cowley    The Geography of England 1744
£45
13 x 18cm


Cowley's work was a topographical guide to England and Wales with text and county maps. The title page is dated 1744, though other evidence suggests an actual publication date of November 1743. The 52 maps were re-issued in 1745 as a county atlas without text under the title A New Sett of Pocket Maps of all the Counties of England and Wales. The maps are uncommon. Supplied mounted and ready to frame.
Ref: HUN 015
 
R. Creighton S. Lewis    Lewis's Topographical Dictionary 1840-49 (1831)
£17
17.5 x 23.5cm


Samuel Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of England was first published in 1831, and ran to several editions up to 1849, with the county maps bound into a separate atlas volume. The maps were drawn by R. Creighton and engraved by J.& C. Walker. This example dates from 1840 onwards, when the boundaries of the Poor Law Unions were added to the maps. Original outline colour.
Ref: HUN 030
 
A. Perrot    L'Angleterre, ou Description Historique et Topographique du Royaume de la Grande-Bretagne 1824-35
£95
6 x 10.5cm


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 as in this example which also includes Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire. The surrounding decorative border shows the typical produce and wares of the counties. Original outline colour
Ref: HRT 1685
 
J. Cary    Camden's Britannia 1806 (1789)
£40
40 x 52.5cm


Camden's Britannia was first published in 1586 with text in Latin. 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 English translation of the work by Richard Gough was published by T. Payne and G.& J. Robinson, with updated and modernised maps by John Cary. There was another edition of thew work in 1806, but this time published by J. Stockdale. The same maps were also used in Cary's New British Atlas of 1805, again published by J. Stockdale. They can be found uncoloured, with outline colour, or with full wash colour. This example is from the second edition of Gough's new translation of Britannia dating from 1806. The map of Huntingdon is especially noteworthy for the detailed delineation of the county's road network. Modern colour.
Ref: HUN 144
 
S.M. Neele    The New British Traveller 1813
£20
19.5 x 25cm


This set of maps was engraved by Samuel Neele for James Dugdale's The New British Traveller, a topographical partwork issued from 1812-14, and later also sold complete, collected into four volumes. Maps from early editions, as with this example dated 1813, may have the imprint of James Cundee, but this is later changed to that of James Robins. The maps were also used in Robins' Atlas of England and Wales, published in 1819. Narrow margins.
Ref: HUN 023
 
J. Cary    Traveller's Companion 1819 (1790)
£12
9 x 14.5cm


Cary's Traveller's Companion was first published in 1790 and marketed as a road book. The maps featured the whole county, but focused upon the main roads, which were shown with mileages along the route. The work proved an immediate success, so much so that by 1806 the printing plate was so worn that a new set of plates had to be engraved for the edition of that year. In 1822 a third set of plate was brought into use. The book continued to be popular, with its final edition being issued in 1862, now under the imprint of George Cruchley. This copy of the Hunts. map is from the edition of 1819. Original colour.
Ref: HUN 065
 
R. Creighton S. Lewis    View of the Representative History of England 1835
£16
18 x 23.5cm


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: HUN 002
 
G. Bacon    Bacon's New Large Scale Ordnance Atlas of the British Isles 1883 (c1863)
£12
31 x 41.5cm


This map was originally drawn for the Weekly Dispatch newspaper as part of a series published between 1857 and 1863. The subsequent history of the map 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 from the 1883 edition of of the last-listed atlas. There is no attribution to an individual author on the Huntingdon map, but the series were by drawn by E. Weller, J. Dower and B. R. Davies. All editions of the maps were by lithographic transfer. Original colour. 2 short c'fld repairs just entering the border, and 2 short marginal repairs not affecting the image.
Ref: HUN 049
 
Letts & Co    Lett's Popular County Atlas 1887 (1835)
£15
32.5 x 40cm


Lett's Popular County Atlas has its roots in Walkers British Atlas, first published in 1835. From around 1849 onwards lithographic transfers were taken from the intaglio plates, firstly for the Hobson/Walker foxhunting atlases, and then in 1884 for this new county atlas under the Lett's branding. The maps inderwent various modifications and additions, and were also overprinted to produce colours in green, yellow, pink, blue and red. There was a further edition of the atlas in 1887, with some further changes to the maps, and, although still under the Letts branding, now published by Mason & Payne who had taken over the Letts business. Maps were also sold singly, dissected on linen, and folding into card covers. This example is from the 1887 edition of the atlas.
Ref: HUN 054
 
W. Hughes    The National Gazetteer 1868
£12
24 x 30.5cm


First published in parts between 1863 and 1868, the completed National Gazetteer went on sale from 1868. The maps, which are produced by litho transfer from an intaglio plate, are amongst the earliest to feature printed colour. There were a number of later editions (some under different titles) up to 1875. Colouring became more sophisticated on these later editions. This example is from an early edition - probably 1868.
Ref: HUN 044
 
J. Archer W. Pinnock    The Guide to Knowledge 1833
£18
16 x 22.5cm


Pinnock's Guide to Knowledge was a serialised partwork which included a series of county and other maps by Joshua Archer. The maps are most unusual in being printed by a relief process from wood blocks so the lettering and detail is shown as white out of black. This Huntingdonshire map was included in volume XLIV issued in March 1833.
Ref: HUN 031
 
J. Walker W. Hobson    Hobson' Fox-Hunting Atlas c1866-69 (1849)
£25
32.0 x 39.5cm


Hobson's Fox-Hunting Atlas was first issued In 1849 using base maps from the Walkers' British Atlas (first published 1835). Lithographic transfers were taken from the original intaglio printing plates and were overprinted to show the territories of the individual hunts and the "places of meeting of foxhounds". Hand colouring was employed to indicate the boundaries between hunts The Atlas continued into the 1880's (later editions being titled Walkers Fox-hunting Atlas). This example, in original colour, is from the first edition of the atlas in 1849.
Ref: HUN 132
 
J. Dower    Cassell's British Atlas 1867 (1859)
£17
30.5 x 42.5cm


From 1858-60 the Weekly Dispatch Newspaper issued a series of county and other maps, including this one of Huntingdonshire (issued 1859). The maps were subsequently re-published in 1863 as a complete atlas titled The Dispatch Atlas. In that same year Cassell, Fetter and Galpin purchased the printing plates, and re-issued the maps in various formats. This example is from Cassell's British Atlas of 1867. By 1869 the plates had been acquired by G.W.Bacon and Co. who continued to use them in their atlases for a further 30 years. Original outline colour. Some repaired marginal tears, not imoinging the printed area.
Ref: HUN 043
 
E. Weller G. Philip    Philips' Atlas of the Counties of England, reduced from the Ordnance Survey 1880 (c1862)
£12
34 x 42cm


This map was drawn and reduced from the Ordnance Survey by Edward Weller for Philips Atlas of the Counties of England…, first published in c1862. Over the next 40 years it appeared in the atlas, was sold individually in folding format, and was used in various other publications. This example is from the 1880 edition of Philips' atlas. Slightly grubby right-hand margin, but otherwise in nice condition. Original printed colour.
Ref: HUN 046
 
J. Wallis    Wallis's New Pocket Edition of the English Counties or Travellers Companion 1814 (1812)
£12
9.5 x 13cm


James Wallis engraved and published this set of small maps under the title stated, which was first issued in c1812. This example is from the atlas's second edition of c1814, so distinguished by the addition of a plate number to the maps. There were later editions of the work between 1818 and 1836 inder the titles of Martin's Sportsman's Almanack, Kalender, and Traveller's Guide, and subsequently as Lewis's New Traveller's Guide. For both these latter issues the map imprints were changed.
Ref: HUN 027
 
H. Fisher    Fisher's County Atlas of England and Wales 1845
£15
35.5 x 27.5cm


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 Huntingdonshire) were engraved by F.P. Becker & Co. The atlas was published in 1845, and was never re-issued. Original outline colour. Repairs to several marginal tears, two of which enter the border by a few millimetres.
Ref: HUN 038
 
R.O. Jones    Local Government Boundaries Commission. Report of the Boundary Commissioner of England and Wales 1888 1888
£10
18.5 x 30cm


The 1888 report of the Local Government Boundary Commission proposed a number of changes to local jurisdictions, transferring many parishes out of their existing counties to adjoining counties. The Report, with supporting maps by Robert Owen Jones, was submitted to Parliament, which ordered its publication. Although the proposals often reflected a sensible "tidying up", local opposition ensured that many were not implemented.
Ref: HUN 048
 
R. Dawson    Plans of the Cities and Boroughs of England and Wales…..together with Outline Maps showing the Divisions of Counties… 1832
£15
20.5 x 26.5cm


This lithographed map formed part of a Parliamentary Report showing proposed changes to electoral arrangements and boundaries which were subsequently enacted in the 1832 Reform Act. Parliament subsequently ordered the plans be published to the public at large, which was done the same year. Dawson was a Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers charged with survey and production of maps to illustrate the changes. Original colour.
Ref: HUN 032
 
T. Dix W. Darton    The Counties of England 1819
£95
35 x 44cm


Thomas Dix initiated this atlas project some time around 1816, but after his death it was carried on to completion by the publisher William Darton. The Atlas was issued in 1822, though individual maps from the first edition bear various dates between 1816 and 1821. Apart from the atlas format the maps were also sold individually, usually dissected and linen-backed and folding into boards. This example is unusual. It is an early issue, dated 1819, and is linen-backed but not dissected. It would appear to have been sold singly, and although there are old, probably original folds, there is no sign of boards. It was purchased with six other Dix county maps similarly presented, one of which bears the manuscript signature of J. Walker and the date 13th Jan 1825. The set were of contiguous eastern counties, and may have been bought by Mr Walker to assist his travels in this area. As is usually the case, the map is in attractive and original full wash colour, and all editions are relatively scarce. A light-brown waterstain to the lower few centimetres of the map.
Ref: HUN 088
 
E. Langley W. Belch    Langley's New County Atlas of England and Wales 1820 (1818)
£35
17 x 30.5cm


Langley and Belch were in partnership from 1807 to 1820, and published their county atlas in 1818. The maps are attractive, with topograhical vignettes (in this case a view of St. Ives from the River Ouse), and usually found in original full wash colour as here. After the dissolution of their partnership the map plates seem to have passed to the bookseller Joseph Phelps. Phelps re-issued the atlas in 1820, but also made the maps available singly, dissected, linen-backed and folding into slip cases - initially still with the Langley and Belch imprint, and subsequently with his own. This is such an example with Langley and Belch imprint to the map dated 1818, and with Phelp's sales label to the accompanying slip case. A little light print offsetting.
Ref: HUN 150
 
T. Kitchin    Bowles' Pocket Atlas c1788 (1769)
£40
13 x 11.5cm


First published 1769 in Kitchin's Pocket Atlas, which was based on the novel concept of drawing all the county maps to a common scale. Whilst this provided a better illustation of counties' relative sizes, it meant that the overall sizes of the maps varied considerably. Smaller maps shared pages where this was practical within an alphabetical county arrangement, Huntingdonshire appearing on the same page as the map of Hertfordshire. The atlas was not commercially successful and Kitchin issued no further editions, although the plates were later acquired by Carington Bowles who re-issued the work as Bowles's Pocket Atlas around 1778. This example is from the latter work. Today maps from either atlas are quite scarce.
Ref: HUN 155