Copperplate

(Maps) Kent : 25 items
W. Kip    Camden's Britannia 1637 (1607)
£300
38 X 28cm


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. Repair to lower centrefold, not affecting the printed area, and a short repaired tear to bottom right margin impinging c1.5cm into the printed area.
Ref: KEN 314
 
J. Speed    England Fully Described 1716-54 (1612)
£695
50 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 example bears the imprint of Henry Overton, who probably acquired the Speed plates in c 1713. Imprints began to be changed from c 1716, all being revised by c 1720. The maps were issued as a complete Speed atlas under the title indicated, but also used with other stock in the collation of "made-up" county atlases. the Speed plates were acquired by Dicey by 1754 when again issued with his imprint. Repair to centrefold.
Ref: KEN 315
 
T. Hutchinson    Geographia Magnae Britanniae 1748
£65
16.5 x 14.5cm


This small county atlas of England and Wales was first issued in 1748 by a consortium of 7 publishers who also had a stake in the publication of Daniel Defoe's Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain. It was advertised as a companion volume to Defoe's work, or as a pocket atlas in its own right. Thomas Hutchinson's name appears as the engraver on 2 maps, but the rest are unsigned and may be by a variety of hands. They are sometimes also known as Osborne/Wale maps. There was a second edition in 1756.
Ref: KEN 317
 
T. Kitchin    The Antiquities of England and Wales 1789 (1749)
£59
22 x 14.5cm


This map was first published in the November 1749 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 Kent map is from the first complete edition of Boswell's Antiquities dating from c1789.
Ref: KEN 012
 
G.A. Walpoole    The New British Traveller 1784
£35
22 x 11cm


The New British Traveller was originally issued as a weekly partwork by the publisher Alexander Hogg, commencing in 1783. Once the series of 60 parts was completed in 1784 title pages were provided for the pages to be bound in a single volume. The work is a topographical review of Great Britain, containing numerous prints and a set of county and general maps. The maps are of varying sizes, being typically arranged 2,3 or 4 to a single page, with adjoining borders. When separated this means individual maps will be trimmed to the border on one or two sides and are often re-margined for mounting and framing. The map of Kent is re-margined on two sides and sold ready-mounted. The text pages for the county may be available on request at no extra charge.
Ref: KEN 007
 
J. Aiken    England Delineated 1790
£22
14 x 8.5cm


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 Kent map is fairly simple, befitting the needs of its target audience, and the text may be available at no extra charge.
Ref: KEN 320
 
B. Capper    Topographical Dictionary of the UK 1808
£18
17.5 x 10.5cm


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: KEN 321
 
H. Teesdale R. Rowe    New British Atlas 1830 (1812-14)
£46
41 x 34cm


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 1830 second edition of Teesdale's atlas. Original wash colour. A few short, repaired, marginal tears, not affecting the printed image.
Ref: KEN 005
 
A. Fullarton    Bell's New and Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales 1834
£33
24 x 19cm


These maps were first published in partwork by Fullarton and Co. in 1833-34 in James Bell's New and Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales. The complete work was subsequently re-issued three times in 1834, 1836 and 1837. They were later re-published (again by Fullarton) in 1840 in The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales, with several further re-issues up to 1849. The maps were engraved on steel and sometimes bear the name of the engraver and sometimes not. This example is from the 1834 edition of Bell's Gazetteer and bears the signature of R. Scott as engraver. Supplied mounted and ready for framing.
Ref: KEN 009
 
R. Creighton S. Lewis    View of the Representative History of England 1835
£25
23.5 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: KEN 002
 
J. Barclay T. Moule    Barclay's Universal English Dictionary 1842-52 (1837)
£50
25 x 20cm


A map of the Isle of Thanet. Thomas Moule's antiquarian leanings are evident in his 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. The Thanet map is one of several which, unlike the county maps, did not appear in all editions.This example in modern colour is from Barclay's Dictionary.
Ref: KEN 003
 
J. Barclay T. Moule    Barclay's Universal English Dictionary 1852 (1837)
£74
26 x 20cm


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. It is supplied mounted and ready for framing.
Ref: KEN 326
 
J. Duncan    A Complete County Atlas of England and Wales 1840-45 (1825)
£65
44 x 34.5cm


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.
Ref: KEN 1104
 
J. Walker    British Atlas 1854-6 (1837)
£25
38.5 x 32cm


The Walker's British Atlas was first issued in 1837, and ran to many subsequent editions with frequent updates to railways and other information. This example is from the editions of 1854 or 1856 - so dated from the railways shown, the publisher's imprints, and the population figures quoted. Full wash colour.
Ref: KEN 1171
 
B. Clarke R. Rowe    The British Gazetteer 1852 (1816)
£20
41.5 x 33.5 cm


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. Folded and trimmed just within bottom right hand border to fit the volume. A short repaired tear impinging 1cm within right hand border.
Ref: KEN 1172
 
R. Morden    Camden's Britannia 1695-1772 (1695)
£180
63 x 34.5cm


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 attractively coloured example is from one of the Gibson editions and comes in a modern light brown frame.
Ref: KEN 1215
 
T. Kitchin    Index sheet to a large scale county map. 1769
£55
71 x 48.5cm


This is the index sheet to a large scale county map surveyed by Andrews, Dury and Herbert and published in 1769. The map was drawn at 2 inches to the mile, and was printed on 25 sheets. Kitchin is named as the engraver on this index sheet, which is itself dissected into 15 sections and mounted on linen, presumably for folding into a slip case. The linen has a label to verso on which the French wording "Carte Generale" appears, although the map itself is entirely in English. The map shows good detail for an index map, and the lathes are marked with original outline colour.
Ref: KEN 1216
 
J. Bellin    Hydrographie Francoise 1759
£195
86.5 x 58cm


Jacques Nicholas Bellin spent over 50 years working for the French Hydrographic Service. He was commissioned to produce new surveys of coastal waters throughout the world, and produced a large number of attractive charts of high quality. These appeared in various editions of his several published works, and were also often sold individually. This chart entitled "Carte du Compte de Kent et du Pas de Calais" is dated 1759, and shows full inland details of Kent, and the western parts of Sussex and Surrey, together with detail of the Picardy coast from Dunkerque to Etaples.
Ref: SEA 002
 
C. Smith    New English Atlas 1828/1833 (1822)
£40
23 x 19cm


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: KEN 004
 
J. Wallis S. Oddy    Wallis's New Britlish Atlas 1813
£40
27 x 18cm


James Wallis's New British Atlas was first published in 1813 by S.A. Oddy. There was a second edition in 1816. This example is from the first edition and is dated 1812 on the imprint. It is in attractive, original, full wash colour, and in good condition.
Ref: KEN 1542
 
W.H. Smith    W.H. Smith & Son's Reduced Ordnance Map of Kent and Envirrons c1875-90
£30
47 x 34cm


This is one of series of maps produced by W.H. Smith and Son by lithographic transfer from Bartholomew's "Imperial map of England and Wales According to the Ordnance Survey". The maps were sold at 1 shilling each from Smiths chain of railway station boookshops. They were based on the original surveys of the Ordnance Survey, but was issued at a reduced scale of 4 inches to the mile.The map is linen-backed (but not dissected), and folds into card covers which bear the quoted title. The map itself bears a slightly different title, namely "Environs of Dover and Watering Places of Kent". Original wash colour.
Ref: KEN 001
 
T. Murray    An Atlas of the English Counties 1830
£48
45 x 35.5cm


The title page of Murray's county atlas states that the maps were "Projected on the basis of the Trigonometrical Survey by order of the hon.ble The Board of Ordnance, under the superindendance of T.L. Murray". This might seem to imply the project had at least the official blessing, if not the active involvement of the Ordnance Survey, but is more likely to be a marketing puff. D. Hodson has suggested that the maps were copied from those of William Ebden published from 1825-8, both sets also being engraved by the same firm of Hoare & Reeves. Murray's Atlas was first published in 1830, with second and third editions in 1831 and 1832, the latter with the adddition of electoral data. by 1838 the plates had been acquired by W. Robson & Co. who published and sold the maps individually, and also used them in their commercial directories. This example is from the first edition of 1830. Original colour.
Ref: KEN 006
 
J. Lodge    Untitled Atlas of the English Counties c1795
£110
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. Modern colour.
Ref: KEN 008
 
R. Ramble W. Darton    Reuben Ramble's Travels through the Counties of England 1845
£65
19.5 x 15.5cm


These maps (without the decorative borders) were first issued in 1821 in Miller's New Miniature Atlas. The plates were later acquired by William Darton who re-issued them as a miniature atlas, but also used the maps, now further embellished by country scenes, in this children's work. Reuben Ramble is an invented character. Original colour to the illustrations.
Ref: KEN 014
 
A. Zatta    Atlante Novissimo 1779
£90
30.5 x 20cm


Antonio Zatta was a Venetian publisher and his world atlas, the Atlante Novissimo (New Atlas) was his greatest claim to fame. It was issued in 4 volumes between the years 1779 and 1785, each volume bearing a different date. The work contained maps of just 4 English counties - Surry, Kent, Essex and Middlesex - which all appeared in Volume I, issued in 1779. They were drawn by G. Petteri and engraved by G. Zuliani, and are generally found, as here, with sparse original colour. Uncommon.
Ref: KEN 013