Category Archives: Antique Maps

James Reynolds and his Transparent Diagrams

September again, so off for my annual visit to the York Book Fair last weekend.  For once I’ll gloss over the startling inadequacies of both my riverside hotel and the Italian restaurant nearby, because it remained a thoroughly enjoyable couple … Continue reading

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William Fletcher Wodson

Vignettes of items found (and shops visited) on a recent book-hunting trip. A map this week – found and purchased on a visit to Jonathan Potter in Bath a couple of weeks ago.  Jonathan has been a friend and colleague … Continue reading

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Maps and the 20th Century : Drawing the Line

For some reason, I didn’t get my customary invitation to the press preview of the latest British Library exhibition, “Maps and the 20th Century : Drawing the Line”, when it opened towards the end of last year – perhaps it … Continue reading

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Lines of Thought

I’m not sure whether there is, or even whether there should be, a recognised collective noun for a bunch of booksellers, although the googleweb thrums with suggestions – a bind or a binding; a blessing (thank you);  a case;  a … Continue reading

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W. J. Adams of Fleet Street

Just back from a delightful couple of days in the north of England working through an extraordinary private collection of early British tourist and guide-books.  My co-author Ashley Baynton-Williams and I are planning on an online supplement of addenda and … Continue reading

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Alias Johnson and Williams

A little quiet on the blog in recent weeks.  Not laziness, at least I hope not, but I’m rather immersed in a substantial piece of research.  When the late Ralph Hyde died last year, he left unfinished his catalogue of … Continue reading

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Seller, Pepys and the Seventeenth-Century London Map Trade

A lecture given at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in the Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography series – 23rd February 2010. [This has wandered in by mistake from the companion Essays blog next door – click on the Essays tab … Continue reading

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Fred W. Rose (1849-1915)

Fred W. Rose is of course widely known for his Victorian satirical caricature maps. Reproductions of his Serio-Comic War Map for the Year 1877, with its alarmingly tentacled Russian octopus, are nowadays one of the British Library’s best-selling lines. You … Continue reading

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Augustine Ryther: Two Maps of London

Have I not here the best cards for the game, To win this easy match play’d for a crown? (Shakespeare, King John). I recently mentioned in passing a very early map of London engraved on a playing-card. Here, courtesy of … Continue reading

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Beautiful Science

Wearing my hack’s hat this week, in my guise of reporter-at-large for the ABA website and newsletter.  Off to the British Library, always a pleasure of course, but specifically there on this occasion to take in the press view of … Continue reading

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