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
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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The Eyre Brothers - London publishers with an interest in the westcountry
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 was limited to a number of trade and town directories and a few guides to the hotels and typical watering places of England and Wales.
This is the fascinating story of one man - George Pallant Butcher - and his career as a business entrepreneur, first publishing town directories with two others before starting up as the Eyre Brothers. He was the name behind Eyre´s Post Office Directory of Plymouth, issued from 1880 to 1904.
After 1891 he moved to south Devon and lived in South Brent until his death.
The Eyre Brothers
Two works with maps originally published as serial works from 1829
Jennings 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 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
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.