Welcome to The Printed Maps of Devon


In 1996 Francis Bennett and myself published our first book on the maps of Devon and listed all known maps printed
between 1575 and 1837 showing the whole of the county of Devon on either one or two sheets. Although this omitted Ordnance Survey sheets and those atlases designed on a sheet basis, this meant that we were still able to list 117 different maps along with their sources and provide information on the people behind them.

This site is the internet version of the revised Second Edition of The Printed Maps of Devon.

Since the original work was published (now out of print) more maps have come to light and new information discovered so that the present work includes a total of 119 different maps incorporating over 300 states (i.e. including variations) and references nearly 1200 sources of atlases and maps. These are all included here in this site. 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.

Please note that the sequel to Printed Maps is now available on-line. The Victorian Maps of Devon in an up-to-date revised second state can now be accessed by clicking this link.

Kit Batten

BlogSpot Articles - Devon Interest

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

an article on Thomas Moore vs. Henry Fisher (two 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

and a catalogue and description of Rhine Leporello Foldout Maps.

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Kit's Blog Home Page

 

Two works with maps originally published as serial works from 1829

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

John 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 Cooke

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.

 

 

 

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 

Rhine Panoramas

 

 

Van der Aa's map of Devon - Entry 013 state 4

 

  


 

At a recent auction I was able to obtain a copy of the exceedingly rare version of Van den Keere's map of 1648 but issued much later by Van der Aa in 1729. At the time I wrote the Printed Maps I was only aware of one copy of La Galérie Agréable Du Monde (at the British Library) and was unable to obtain an image. I have now discovered that the National Library of France has a copy and the complete atlas is available on-line. 

The map has an added frame: but note the lack of symmetry. The right hand side does not match the left. It is as though the printer had various blocks for framing and added two at random.

Website - Maps for Sale

In addition to the websites mentioned above, I also have a site where a number of my maps and guides are listed. If you are interested in purchasing maps, guides, books of reference etc which you see listed in Printed Maps or in Victorian Maps as being in my collection, do not hesitate to contact me. many of them are listed here at Maps for Sale.

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