101 Sidney Hall 1830

 

An engraver and publisher, Sidney Hall (fl.1817-60) was a prolific cartographer. His first work was for the Arrowsmith Company in 1817, when he was best known for his map engravings. Later he had his own premises in Bloomsbury, 18 Strand, London. He also produced a World Atlas for the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (published between 1844-76). Hall contributed to two British county atlases; Samuel Leigh’s New Picture (87); and, in 1831, A Topographical Dictionary by John Gorton (d.1835) which appeared with 54 maps engraved by Hall. (Gorton also produced a biographical dictionary.) The maps appeared in atlases with varying titles. From 1857 lithographic reproductions were issued and used until c.1885 at roughly two-yearly intervals. A Londoner's Walk To The Land's End and a Trip the Scilly Isles by Walter White (Second and Third Editions) contained 4 folding county maps, Hampshire, Southampton, Dorsetshire, Devonshire and Cornwall.

Another guide to Devonshire has recently come to light which utilised the Hall map. A Description of the County of Devonshire was published by W Spreat of Exeter circa 1842. The guide does not name the author so it could have been Spreat himself or a friend or colleague. The small book is clearly based on the text found within later issues of the guide published by Charles Cooke for George Alexander Cooke (see entry 68)1. This guide was published between 1805 and 1832, so had been out of print for some ten years. Spreat's guide is extremely interesting; some examples (there were possibly two issues, with and without the map) contain both this map and what appears to be a complete catalogue of works being offered by George F Cruchley at that period (see, for example, entry 71 for Cruchley's later issues of Cary's larger sheet maps).

 

Size 185 x 242 mm.                                                                                                                                                  English Miles (20 = 50 mm).

DEVONSHIRE. with signature ENGRAVED BY SIDY. HALL. Imprint: London, Published by Chapman & Hall No. 168 Strand, Augt. 1830. (CeOS).

 

1. 1830  A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland by John Gorton with Fifty-two Quarto maps drawn and engraved by Sidney Hall Vol I.                                                                       (DEI).
    London. Chapman and Hall. (Vol I) 1831. (Vol II - 1832.) W, B.
       
    A Topographical Dictionary of Gt Britain and Ireland with 54 Quarto maps  
    London. Chapman and Hall. 1833.  CCCCXLVI, BL2, B.
       
    Dissected, linen-backed and fitted into a case (93 x 108 mm, price of 1s6d).   (E).
       
2. 1833 Imprint now: No. 186 Strand, 1833. Addition of NORTH DIVISION and SOUTH DIVISION across the map.  (NDL).
       
    A New British Atlas CCCCLI, RGS, W, BCL;
    London. Chapman and Hall. 1833, 1834.  CCCCLII, BL, W, C.
       
3. 1835 Year in imprint removed.  
       
    Sidney Hall’s British Atlas  
    London. Chapman and Hall. 1835. CB.
       
    A New British Atlas  
    London. Chapman and Hall. 1836.   CCCCLIV, BL, B, W3 .
       
    Issued mounted and folded in a cover marked - DEVONSHIRE  KB.
       
    Dissected, mounted and hard-backed to form a small book of the county. RGS.
       
4. 1840 Railway to Exeter added as pecked line. Numerous new roads, eg from Torrington to Crediton and to Holsworthy, Barnstaple to Ilfracombe via Braunton or across Dartmoor from Newton Abbot to Sth Zeal or Chudleigh towards Bridford.  
       
    Issued mounted and folded in a cover marked - DEVONSHIRE KB.
       
5. 1842 Exeter and Bristol Railway added to Exeter only.  
       
    A Travelling County Atlas  
    London. Chapman and Hall. 1842, 1843. BL, BL, W, C, RGS; C.
       
    A Description of the County of Devonshire  
    Exeter. W Spreat. (1844) KB.
       
6. 1845 Railway proceeds to Plymouth with branch to Crediton, but not to Tiverton.  
       
    A Travelling County Atlas  
    London. Chapman and Hall. 1845, 1846.  BCL, BL, W, C, KB; KB.
       
    A New County Atlas  
    London. Chapman and Hall. 1847.  W, C, B.
       
    A Travelling County Atlas  
    London. Chapman and Hall. 1846, 1847, 1848, (1850).                           C; W, C; C, BL; B.
       
7. 1852 Imprint: London, Published by Chapman & Hall, 193 Piccadilly. Railways to Bideford, Tavistock and Kingswear for Dartmouth (curved). Plate 10 added in border (Ea).  
       
    A Travelling County Atlas  
    London. Chapman and Hall. 1852, 1854. C, W; W.
       
    Sidney Hall’s Travelling Atlas of the English Counties  
    London. Chapman and Hall. 1855, (1857).  A; B, PRO.
       
    A Travelling County Atlas  
    London. Chapman and Hall. 1856. [P].
       
8. 1858 Maps now produced lithographically (from c.1857). L&SWR to Exeter added and line to Exmouth projected. Line to Tiverton added, Plymouth line extended to Saltash.  
       
    A Travelling Atlas of the English Counties  
    London. Chapman and Hall. (1858).  W, PRO, KB.
       
    A Travelling Atlas of the English Counties  
    London. Chapman and Hall. (1860).  W, C, BL, RGS, KB.
       
9. 1860 Kingswear line now straightened (less of an S curve).4    
       
    A Londoner's Walk To The Land's End and a Trip to the Scilly Isles … Second Edition  
    London. Chapman and Hall. 1861.  KB.
       
10. 1860 Kingswear line now slightly reduced. Erroneous spur to Torquay. Exmouth now completed.  
       
    Sidney Hall’s Travelling Atlas of the English Counties  
    London. Chapman and Hall. (1859).  KB.
       
    The English Counties  
    London. Chapman and Hall. (1860), (1862).  KB, BL, C, NLS; KB, W, NLS.
       
11. 1862 Spur to Chard.   (KB).
       
12. 1869 L&SWR to Axmouth. GWR lines Tavistock to Lydford and Launceston, Crediton as far as Oakhampton and the Taunton to Barnstaple line shown in Devon only, lines to Moreton Hampstead, Ashburton, Brixham and Torrington. Extra Plate No. (EaOS).  
       
    A Travelling Atlas of the English Counties  
    London.Chapman and Hall. (1869), (1870).  [P]; KB.
       
13. 1871 L&SWR to Sidmouth. Spur from Plymouth in direction of Plymstock. Dartmoor Loop completed with line to Holsworthy and forming small triangle at junction. Lines to Hemyock and Ilfracombe. Pl No. inside border removed.  
       
    A Travelling Atlas of the English Counties  
    London. Chapman and Hall. (1871), (1873), (1875).                                        B; BL, C; W.
       
    A Travelling Atlas of the English Counties  
    London. Chapman and Hall. (1875), (1878), (1880), (1885).  KB ; [P]; Lincs; C, BCL.
       
14. 1879 Second Pl No. inside border reinstated. Triangular junction at Oakhampton removed.  
       
    A Londoner's Walk To The Land's End and a Trip to the Scilly Isles … Third Edition  
    London. Chapman and Hall. 1879. KB.

[1] The guide copies some Cooke text from the 1832 edition word-for-word and changes the sequence of other information. There has been some attempt at bringing the information up to date: there is a list of population figures for 1841 after p. 192, but the Sidmouth population figure in the text (p.25) is dated 1821 and the population of Exeter (p.33) is for 1831. William Spreat also lithographed three maps of south Devon; the River Axe for Pullman; Sidmouth for Hutchinson; and the Torquay area for Cockrem. See The Tourist Maps of Devon.

[2] In addition to the atlases listed here the BL has an edition without title page and Cambridge has a different collection of maps with no title page but Sidney Hall’s British Atlas on spine.

[3] Leeds also has a second copy with Sidney Hall’s British Atlas - title on cover.

[4] The layout of the Torbay line is unique to this work; possibly the maps were prepared some time before publication was ready.