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 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.
Maintaining a website like this one involves not only time (especially at the beginning) but also money (annual site charges). However, a blog, though less versatile, is free. Therefore I have decided to add articles I have written to the public domain via my blog.
So far, my blogspot has the following cartographic topics
County Maps of Devon - an attempt to list as many printed maps of Devon as I can (pre-1900),
The Printed Maps of Exeter - an updated version of our 2010 book,
an article on Robert Jennings vs. Henry Fisher (two publishing rivals of 1829),
the work of John Cooke, engraver and publisher in Devonport,
an overview of the Half-Inch maps by John Bartholomew 1895-1901,
an article on The Development of the Railways (in Devon) as a guide to dating Victorian maps
an article on the Eyre Brothers who published a number of works with Devon interest,
Tobias Mayer´s Year - an article I wrote for IMCoS
and a catalogue and description of Rhine Leporello Foldout Maps.
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Thomas Moore History of Devon and Heny Fisher Devon Illustrated
I have completed an article on Thomas Moore's History of Devon and Henry Fisher's Devon and Cornwall Illustrated. This can be seen at:
Moore vs. Fisher
Both Thomas Moore with his publisher Jennings and Henry Fisher began a serial publication which included illustrated plates and maps in 1829. While Fisher's work was completed in 1832 (see entry 102), Moore's book would not be complete until 1836 (see entry 115).
John Cooke- publisher and engraver of Plymouth
ohn Cooke is often overlooked. He began his career in London in the late eighteenth century and moved to the Plymouth area c.1817. He engraved a number of maps and plans which appeared in guide books as well as number of other maps and plans. Here is a review of his life and a complete listing of his cartographic output.
John Bartholomew's Half-Inch map series from 1895
I have donated my collection of John Bartholomew Half-Inch maps to the Devon Heritage Centre in Exeter. This was a popular series of maps and was probably printed in millions of copies as it covered the complete country and was constantly being updated. My blog attempts to give a broad outline of the sorts of things to look for if you have an example and are trying to date it.
Find out more at Bartholomew's Half-Inch maps.
The Eyre Brothers - publishers with a westcountry interest
The Eyre Brothers were London publishers who flourished for a brief period in the last quarter of the 19th century with premises first (from 1877) at 10, later from 26 & 27, Paternoster Square, Paternoster Row (until c.1889). Their output seems to have been limited to a number of trade and town directories and a few guides to the hotels and typical watering places of England and Wales. Apart from one complete set of their Plymouth directory (1880-1905) there are comparatively few examples of their other works and many are known through a single copy. Most of what we know about their output has to be gleaned from the few extant works and the adverts they published within. Many volumes were promised but it may turn out that more were intended than saw publication.
Nevertheless, many of their works included a county map of Devon - see entry 148 in this work, and their Plymouth directory had area maps of Plymouth - see Tourist Maps of Devon.
The Eyre Brothers
Rhine strip maps - Leporellos
And now for somthing completely different ...
For those interested in unusual maps, the Rhine leporellos are long folding-out maps. For a long time I had an interesting collection of these and catalogued all the various pre-1900 examples I found. You can find these at
After completing six books / monographs on Devon mapping I am beginning to sell off my collection. If you see any map or atlas with "KB" as the source (extreme right of listing) then I have this in my collection. If you are interested in buying, let me know!
In addition I have a new site where I will list maps from my collection for sale.
for a short list of maps currently on sale. If you can see from my two web sites - Printed Maps of Devon and Victorian Maps of Devon that I may have a map of interest to you, feel free to send me an enquiry or to make me an offer.
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