(Maps) Offshore Islands : 22 items
J. Ellis    Ellis's English Atlas 1766 (1765)
19 x 25cm

Isle of Man. Uncoloured. Map of Derbyshire printed on reverse.
Ref: ISL 304
J. Ellis    Ellis's English Atlas 1766 (1765)
25 x 19.5cm

Isle of Wight. 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 Hertfordshire on the reverse.
Ref: ISL 305
J. Feltham    A Guide to all the Watering and Sea-Bathing Places... 1803-1825
13 x 8cm

As the title suggests, this 500 plus page pocketbook provides a comprehensive guide to all the seaside resorts and spa towns popular with the fashionable upper and middle classes in the first quarter of the 19th century. The author was john Feltham, and the book was first published by R. Phillips in 1803. There were several updated and revised editions up to at least 1825. The work contained a number of small unattributed maps, including this one of the Isle of Wight.
Ref: ISL 016
G. Cole J. Roper    The Beauties of England and Wales 1805
23 x 17.5cm

The Beauties of England and Wales was a topographical partwork, issued in 18 volumes between 1801 and 1815. From 1804 a set of maps and town plans was gradually introduced to accompany the work. The maps were drawn by G. Cole and engraved by J. Roper, and were initially sold as a separate partwork series, before being collected together in 1810 and issued as The British Atlas. They were later also used in early editions of Dugdale's Curiosities of Great Britain, England and Wales Delineated. This copy is dated 1805, and would have been one of the first partwork issues. Original colour. Mounted.
Ref: ISL 020
J. Barclay T. Moule    Barclay's Universal English Dictionary 1842-52 (1837)
26 x 20cm

Isle of Wight. 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 Isle of Wight was given a separate map as well as being included on that of Hampshire. This example in modern colour is from one of the editions of Barclay's Dictionary between 1842 and 1852. Supplied mounted.
Ref: ISL 026
A. Arrowsmith S. Hall    A New General Atlas 1817
25.5 x 20.5cm

The Orkney & Shetland Islands/The Channel Islands/The Scilly Islands. Three maps on one sheet, covering some of the major island groups off the British coasts. The maps were drawn by Aaron Arrowsmith and engraved by Sidney Hall and the page is dated 1817, being from the first edition of Arrowsmith's New General Atlas, published that year.
Ref: ISL 034
Anon.    Anon. 1800's
48 x 30.5cm

Jersey. A coloured manuscript map of Jersey marking the island's administrative divisions. Possibly a child's school project?
Ref: ISL 313
A. Fullarton J. Bartholomew    The Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales 1866-9
31 x 23cm

The Channel Islands. Original colour. The Imperial Gazetteer was the successor to Fullarton's Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales. It lacked county maps but included a number of new maps of interest. These maps of the Channel Islands were drawn and engraved by J. Bartolomew. Supplied mounted and ready for framing.
Ref: ISL 1221
E. Bowen J. Owen    Britannia Depicta 1720-64
11.5 x 18cm

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. This map covers the main offshore islands belonging to the English crown. Mounted and ready for framing.
Ref: ISL 002
J. Rapkin    British Colonies; their History, Extent, Condition and Resources c1851
25.5 x 34.5cm

The Channel Islands - Jersey & Guernsey. This attractive map of Jersey and Guernsey, drawn and engraved by John Rapkin, is best known from it's appearance in Tallis's Illustrated Atlas of the World, published in 1851. In this work it has the addition of a number of vignettes engraved in the blank sea areas. Tallis also used some of the atlas maps for another publication - British Colonies; their History, Extent, Condition, and Resources - published under the imprint of the London Printing and Publishing Company, also in 1851. This example is from this second work and lacks the vignettes - less attractive perhaps, but much the less common of the two states.
Ref: ISL 003
A.& C. Black J. Bartholomew    Black's Picturesque Guide to the Isle of Wight c1860's-80's
18.5 x 15cm

Isle of Wight. Through the latter half of the 18th century the firm of A. & C. Black published an increasingly wide range of guides to both overseas locations and parts of Great Britain. Their Guide to the Isle of Wight was certainly in print by 1872, though I have been unable to tie down its first date to issue. It included this small but detailed general map of the island drawn and engraved by Bartholomew's, and also covering the southern part of Hampshire. A repaired internal tear of c7 cms. but without loss and fairly unobtrusive.
Ref: ISL 022
W. Hughes    The National Gazetteer 1868
31 x 24cm

Isle of Wight. 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 1886. Colouring became more sophisticated on these later editions. This example of the Isle of Wight map is from its first atlas issue in 1868.
Ref: ISL 024
A.M. Mallet    Description de L'Univers... 1683
10.5 x 14.5cm

Isle of Wight. Description de L'Univers was a small format 5 volume work with copperplate maps covering the whole world. This example is from the French text edition of 1683. A little worm damage to the outer lower-left margin, not affecting the image. Otherwise in nice condition. French text to verso is part of the description of London.
Ref: ISL 018
G. Bacon    New Large Scale Ordnance Atlas of the British Isles 1883-8
45 x 31.5cm

Isle of Wight. 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 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. There is no attribution to an individual author on the Isle of Wight map, but the series were drawn by E. Weller, J. Dower and B. R. Davies. All editions of the maps were by lithographic transfer. Original printed colour.
Ref: ISL 021
J. Rocque T. Read    England Displayed 1769 (1743-5)
20.5 x 15.5cm

Isle of Wight. Although often ascribed to John Rocque, this map, by an unknown cartographer and engraver, first appeared in The English Traveller, a partwork published by Thomas Read between 1743 and 1745. The plates were later acquired by John Rocque, who re-issued the maps as The Small British Atlas in 1753. In 1769 around two thirds of the maps made a final appearance in England Displayed, a topographical work by P. Russell and O. Price. This example of the Isle of Wight map is probably from this latter work, based on the faint traces of an erased plate number outside the top right border.
Ref: ISL 019
R. Dawson    Parliamentary Representation …. Reports from Commissioners on Proposed Division of Counties and Boundaries of Boroughs 1832
28.5 x 17.0cm

This map formed part of a Parliamentary Report, submitted in December 1831, showing proposed changes to electoral arrangements and boundaries which were subsequently enacted in the 1832 Reform Act. The report and maps were subsequently published for public consumption in 1832. Dawson was a Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers charged with survey and production of maps to illustrate the changes. Original colour.
Ref: ISL 025
Laurie & Whittle N. Coltman    Laurie & Whittle's New Traveller's Companion 1806
25.5 x 30.0cm

Robert Laurie and James Whittle's road book was conceptually different from the Ogilby model of following just one major road from it's origin to its end destination. The publishers offered a work with 24 effectively, sectional maps, each covering the major road network in a given area. County borders, coasts,rivers, and major towns were plotted with their correct topographical relationships, but roads were mainly shown as straight lines linking the main towns. Although smaller towns and settlements along the roads were marked, their positioning on the map did not truly reflect their relative positions on the ground. Different types of roads were differentiated by how they were delineated. The maps were drawn and engraved by Nathanial Coltman, and the work was first published in 1806. There were a number of regular, later editions (with some additions and refinements) up to 1846. This example is plate 4 covering the Isle of Wight's road network local distances being shown from Newport. It is dated 1806, and is thus from the first edition of the work.
Ref: ROA 115
H. Moll    The Geography of England / H. Moll's British Atlas 1747 or 1753 (1724)
31 x 19.5cm

Moll's set of English and Welsh county maps were first published in 1724 in two formats - with descriptive text as a topographical work, and without text as an atlas. The latter format clearly proved motre popular, as later editions included maps alone. Most maps carried illustrations of local antiquities or sights outside their borders, but the map of the islands never enjoyed such embellishments, probably because it required the extra page width to accommodate the small maps of the Scilly Isles and Holy Island, beside the main map of the Isle of Wight. This example is from the editions of 1747 or1753, so identified by the change in plate numbers, the Isle of Wight etc. map now becoming plate 18 (previously plate 9).
Ref: ISL 011
R. Dawson    Parliamentary Representation …. Reports from Commissioners on Proposed Division of Counties and Boundaries of Boroughs 1832
28.5 x 17cm

Isle of Wight. This map formed part of a Parliamentary Report, submitted in December 1831, showing proposed changes to electoral arrangements and boundaries which were subsequently enacted in the 1832 Reform Act. The report and maps were subsequently published for public consumption in 1832. Dawson was a Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers charged with survey and production of maps to illustrate the changes. Original colour.
Ref: ISL 025
S. Hall    A New British Atlas 1833 or 1834 (1831)
23.5 x 20cm

Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. First published by Chapman and Hall in 1831 in John Gorton's A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland, and subsequently in A New British Atlas and in A Travelling County Atlas with lithographic transfers until 1875. This copy of the Islands of Jersey, Guernsey and Man is dated 1832, which dates it to the early 1833 or 1834 editions of the New British Atlas.
Ref: ISL 032
J. Dower    Hampshire, Its Past and Present Condition, and Future Prospects 1838
27 x 20cm

Robert Mudie's history of Hampshire was published in 1838, and included a small number of maps by John Dower, including this one - suprisingly of the Channel Islands. Later colour and an uncommon item.
Ref: ISL 033
G. Philip J. Bartholomew    Philip's Handy Atlas of the Counties of England 1882 (1873)
15.5 x 21cm

Philip's Handy Atlas was first published in 1873, with maps produced by lithographic transfer and drawn by John Bartholomew and Co. There were many later editions of the work, this example being from the edition of 1882. Printed colour.
Ref: ISL 036