Welcome to The Victorian Maps of Devon.
In 2000 Francis Bennett and myself published our second book on the maps of Devon and listed all known maps printed between 1838 and 1901 showing the whole of the county of Devon on either one or two sheets. Although we omitted Ordnance Survey sheets and atlas maps on a sheet basis, we were still able to list 70 different maps along with their sources and provide informIation on the people behind them.
This site is the internet version of the revised Second Edition of The Victorian Maps of Devon.
Since the original work was published (a few copies are available from the authors) more maps have come to light and new information discovered, furthermore, as the authors are no longer restricted to the A4 format, we have been able to include extra information on many of these issues.
Interested users of this site are invited to contribute new information and new states or even new maps. Moreover, in the course of our researches we may have omitted something, overlooked a source or falsely interpreted our notes. We apologise for any errors and welcome correspondence and corrections from fellow enthusiasts and collectors.
The Printed Maps of Devon – covering maps from 1575-1837 is already on-line. It is also planned to add further sites in the future: e.g. the work of John Cooke of Plymouth and The Printed Maps of Exeter. So watch this space!
After completing six books / monographs on Devon mapping I am beginning to sell off my collection. Below you will find details of some maps etc. which I have already decided to part representing a super offer for library or institution - 150 guide books for only 1500 pounds. In addition those items marked KB in red in the bibliography are for sale. Feel free to make me a genuine offer. Good Hunting!
Sale of Guide Books - Unique chance to buy a substantial collection of guide books
Over 150 Guide Books to Devon for only 1500 pounds
After completing my last two books The Tourist Maps of Devon, which lists a large number of maps produced for visitors to Devon as folding maps or in guide books, and The Printed Maps of Exeter (see below) I have decided to sell a large part of my collection. This includes maps completed between 1575 and 1901 (see also my second web site The Victorian Maps of Devon). However, it also includes a large number of Victorian guide books - some of which were printed in long running series.
Six major Victorian guide book publishers
A substantial part of my library is a very comprehensive collection of guide books on Devon as a whole and of individual towns and localities. I am especially proud of the collection of guide books covering all of Devon. These include all Murrays published between 1850 and 1901, all the Tourist Guides by R N Worth, a very good set of the Black’s guides, a copy of each of the five editions of the Baedeker guides of Great Britain (which include three small maps of Devon), an almost complete set of the Dulau guides covering North Devon and North Cornwall and of South Devon and South Cornwall as well as many early Ward & Lock guides.
The collection contains so many of this particular genre that it would be a shame for them to be split up. For the purposes of research into guide books, their text similarities and differences, the advertisers and the publishers they would provide a unique resource if they were kept in one location. No institution has more than a handfull of any of these guides, and in some cases I have examples which are known in only a few rare copies.
Offer to a library or institution
For this reason I am looking for a library or similar institution which would be grateful for the chance to purchase such a resource. Unfortunately I am not in a position to just give the collection away, but I am willing to part from them (and provide further unusual items as a bonus) for a moderate charge. I am looking for a sum of £1,500 for the complete collection.
The collection consists of 16 Murray guide books from the first edition of 1850 to the last edition published with Stanford's cover imprint in 1901 (and including the biography of John Murray and a photocopy of the stock list at the time of Stanford's acquisition of Murray's stock).
There are five Baedeker guides. Karl Baedeker published five editions of his guide to Great Britain (in English) before 1901. I can offer one copy of each edition.
R N Worth's popular guides to north and south Devon were published from the 1880s. I am offering 14 guides including two which combined the two separate guides. The first (edition) is not found very often, although this guide book series is quite common. Maps in most volumes vary from each other in some way although the text remains fairly constant.
Black's Guide to Devonshire was an extremely successful series and I have 30 separate volumes from 1862 to 1921 plus 11 copies of the guide to the south-western counties which included Cornwall and Dorset (1862-1882) and three copies of their guide to England and Wales which also included a section on the south-west.
Ward & Lock published a series of guides from the late-1880s and I have a number of early guides published pre-1901. In addition I have a series of guides to Torquay post-1900. While the latter are fairly common and later editions can be picked up for a couple of pounds at flea markets, the pe-1900 works are becoming hard to find. The combined volumes on north Devon and of south Devon are rare. I do not know of anoher copy of these outside Exeter.
Another successful series was that published by Dulau & Co. and written by Baddeley and Ward. I have 14 volumes on north Devon and north Cornwall and a further ten on south Devon and south Cornwall (including first editions of each).
Any potential purchaser will also have first refusal when I offer my other guide books, including a substantial collection of Besleys, when I decide to sell.
If you are interested in finding out more about which books are being offered, please get in touch by letter or email and I will send a data file with a complete listing.
Warning concerning Ebay
Please note that some sellers on Ebay are not describing articles as they should.
Thanetxxxx described a map was dated 1820 (79 Neele/Cundee). When it arrived it was dated 1818. The seller was extremely unhelpful and did not accept a return. There was a problem on my side due to the fact that the map went to an English address before it came to Germany, however, the simple fact of the matter is that the map was not as described and the seller unwilling to refund the purchase price.
[In this example the 1820 date would have been a "previously unrecorded"!]
The large Morden is often offered on Ebay (entry 21). Some examples have Lundy (Island) placed within the border lines. This is definitely a later facsimile. Although this was pointed out to one seller in particular (Shiftyxxxx), he or she does not add this to the description and leads a potential seller to think it is old.
The Original First Edition - Special Offer
The Victorian Maps of Devon
Francis Bennett and Kit Batten still have some of the original book on sale for 10 pounds only to UK customers (including FREE POSTAGE). Contact me ASAP. KitTheMap@aol.com
The Printed Maps of Exeter
Our latest publication is The Printed Maps of Exeter. This is only available from Devon County Council and is sold through the Devon Heritage Site. Only 500 copies of this book were published so it is quite scarce. And at only ten pounds it is very affordable.
To order view the web site at: http://www.devon.gov.uk/the_printed_maps_of_exeter_city_maps.htm.
The aim has been to include every printed map of Exeter published on one sheet in the period up to 1901. The maps catalogued here mean that every Exonian interested in mapping of any sort should find something of interest. These 62 maps include the first printed map by John Hooker of 1587 plus two other maps executed by him but not actually printed until the 1890s. These are early plans attempting to show how the city looked even before Hooker's time and plans of the castle and precincts. Each map is described and illustrated and an attempt has been made to put it in its historical context.
New maps of Devon found since publication of The Victorian Maps of Devon:
1. Added to the Second Edition published in 2010:
117A Pigot & Co. - formerly listed in The Printed Maps of Devon but now dated to 1839.
118A Archer / Smith - map from the British Magazine.
129A William Wood - map published in Devon.
138A G F Cruchley - another large map combining John Cary sheets.
154A Stanford reissue of sheets published by Arrowsmith.
2. Maps never before listed:
151A Stanford's map for G J Symons' work on British Rainfall.
165A G W Bacon's map for a guide to North Cornwall.
170A Edward Weller produced three small sketch maps for a book on the Civil War.
174A A geological map of Devon published in the Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society.
177A James Jervis' map of the Torrington Railway copied by a local printer.
The Westcountry Studies Library is now the Devon Heritage Centre
Remember, the Westcountry Studies Library in Castle Street, Exeter has now ben closed and the new Devon Heritage Centre, combining the materials of the WSL and of the Devon Record Office is opening at Great Moor House in Sowton Business Park. See a full article on our References page.
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