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 being completed where I will list maps from my collection for sale. Watch this space!!
Unique Guide Book Offer
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 institutional 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.
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.
Victorian Maps of Devon First Edition (has been considerably up-dated - see website.
The Victorian Maps of Devon
The Victorian Maps of Devon website is up and running - click this link for access:
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