46 Joseph Ellis 1765

 

Joseph Ellis (fl.1750-d.1796) of Clerkenwell, London, was a prolific English engraver in the late eighteenth century. In 1776 he engraved the maps of the Hibernian Atlas together with William Palmer, with whom he also produced a set of English county maps for The New English Atlas. The Devon map in this atlas is a very close copy of Kitchin’s map in England Illustrated (43, and see also 50 and 52). The engravers were Ellis and Palmer, Louis de la Rochette and W Fowler. Delarochette, or Louis Stanislas D'Arcy De La Rochette was born in 1731 and married Margaret Scalé in 1756 at St. Martin in the Fields and died c. 1802. His name only appears on the map of Cornwall. John Hatchett was an apprentice of Ellis (Stationers, February 1776). The names of both De La Rochette and Hatchett both appear in connection with the map of Devon on a series of maps published in 1784 (see entry 50; Hatchett.Walpoole-Hogg's The New British Traveller).

Many copies of Devon have Dorset on the reverse (denoted * below). Devon has no Ellis signature but Dorset on the reverse does. In the 1765 edition Devon was incorrectly indexed 13. The 1766 issue had 48 maps (50 in list but Nos 3 and 4 were not issued) and Devon was correctly indexed. The 1773 maps are folded. The map is graticuled at full degrees.

 

Size 190 x 242 mm.                                                                                                            British Statute Miles 69 to a Degree (24 = 50 mm).

A Modern MAP of DEVON SHIRE, Drawn from the latest Surveys; Corrected & Improved by the best Authorities. Imprint: Printed for Robt.  Sayer in Fleet Street, & Carington Bowles in St. Pauls Churchyard (CeOS). Plate number 15 (EaOS).

                                                                                                                                               

1. 1765 The New English Atlas   (E), (NDL).
    London. R Sayer and Carington Bowles. 1765. BL.
       
    Ellis’s English Atlas in Fifty Maps  
    London. R Sayer and Carington Bowles. 1766. CCXXVII, BL, RGS; CB1.
       
    Ellis’s English Atlas in Fifty-four Maps  
    London. Carington Bowles and R Sayer. 1766 CCXXVIIa, BL*, B*, W*, CB.
       
    Atlas Britannique2  
    London. R Sayer. 1766. BL.
       
    Ellis’s English Atlas in Fifty-four Maps  
    London. Carington Bowles. 1768, (1789). CB*, W; BL*.
       
    Ellis’s English Atlas in Fifty Maps  
    London. R Sayer, T Jefferys and A Dury. 1768.   [P*]; CCXXVIII, BL.
       
    Ellis’s English Atlas in Fifty Maps  
    London. R Sayer. 1773. CCXXIX, BL, BCL.
       
    Ellis’s English Atlas in Fifty Maps  
    London. R Sayer and J Bennett. 1777. CCXXX, BL, W, RGS.
       
    Ellis’s English Atlas in Fifty Maps  
    London. Carington Bowles. (1785). RGS.
       
2. 1796  Page number erased and new number 12 higher than before. Bedford on reverse.  
       
    Ellis’s English Atlas in Fifty Maps  
    London. Robert Sayer (actually Laurie & Whittle). 1796. BL, RGS3.

[1] With publishers’ names reversed on title page.

[2] For a collation of this atlas see R V Tooley’s article in The Map Collector; Issue 8 September 1979; p.55.

[3] A pencil note assumes it to be Laurie & Whittle, 1796, but a Saxon Heptarchy sheet is watermarked 18--.