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Antique Maps of County Durham

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  •  Durham John Owen and E,maneul Bowen c.1730

    Durham John Owen and E,maneul Bowen c.1730

Published in the Reign of George II

Published in the Reign of King
GEORGE II
1727 - 1760

25928 Durham, John Owen and Emanuel Bowen, c.1730. Price: 28.00

A MAP OF DURHAM An engraved county map with description beneath and surmounted by a baroque cartouche titled The Road from Whitby to Durham. Road map on verso from Mold to Holywell and Chester to Holywell. 4 x 7 inches. Uncoloured. Some toning. Nice dark impression. Good condition.

From Britannia Depicta

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  •  Road map Barnard Castle to Durham 1785

    Road map Barnard Castle to Durham 1785

Published in the Reign of George III

Published in the Reign of King
GEORGE III
1760 - 1820

EARLY HAND COLOURING

28105 Road Map Barnard Castle to Durham, Carington Bowles, 1785. Price: 18.50

Plate 1/2 showing the route from south of Barnard Castle through Bishop Auckland to Durham. 3 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. Title page of the atlas on verso. Hand coloured. Some slight offsetting otherwise good condition.

From Paterson’s British Itinerary.
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  •  Durham, John Cole and John Roper, 1810

    Durham, John Cole and John Roper, 1810

Published in the Reign of George III

Published in the Reign of King
GEORGE III
1760 - 1820

EARLY HAND COLOURING - WITH ORIGINAL TEXT

30510 Durham, John Cole and John Roper, 1810. Price: 38.00

DURHAM. A good detailed engraved map of the county divided into wards. Bears the publishers imprint dated of 1805. Explanation. 8 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches. Original wash and outline hand colouring. Good condition. Straight from the atlas and not sold as a single map before. With original page of descriptive text.

From The British Atlas
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  •  Durham, John Cary 1793

    Durham, John Cary 1793

Published in the Reign of Queen Victoria

Published in the Reign of Queen
VICTORIA
1837 - 1901

PROVENANCE: FROM THE LIBRARY OF JOHN HOBSON MATTHEWS

30862 Durham, John Cary 1793. Price: 44.00

DURHAM. A good engraved detailed map of the county with the imprint of John Cary beneath dated 1793. 10 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches. Original hand colouring. Some town names are underlined in red. With original page of descriptive text.

From Cary’s New and Correct English Atlas

The significance of some towns being underlined in red is given by the previous owner of the atlas John Hobson Matthews by means of a manuscript note in red ink he has added at the start of the atlas. He says
The places underlined in red ink are those in which a Catholic mission has been established between the era of the Reformation and the year 1840
John Hobson Matthews
John Hobson Matthews (1858 - 1914) Born in Croydon in 1858. Educated at schools at Blackheath and Cambridge. Worked for a shipping firm in Malta. A good linguist he was a Roman Catholic historian, archivist and solicitor. You will find more details about him here in the Dictionary of Welsh Biography.
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  •  Durham, Edward Langley and William Belch, 1820

    Durham, Edward Langley and William Belch, 1820

Published in the Reign of George III

Published in the Reign of King
GEORGE III
1760 - 1820

FOR THE MAP COLLECTOR

30920 Durham, Edward Langley and William Belch, 1820. Price: 56.00

LANGLEY’S NEW MAP OF DURHAM. An engraved map of the county. In the bottom left hand corner is a vignette view of Sunderland Bridge. The title appears above the map. Beneath the map is the publishers imprint Printed and Published by Langley & Belch, No. 173 High Street, Borough, London, April 1st, 1818. 10 x 6 3/4 inches. Manuscript number 11 in the top right hand corner. Original outline and wash hand colouring. Very light soiling with a little speckled foxing mainly in blank margins. No tears or repairs.

From Langley’s New County Atlas of England and Wales
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  •  Durham, T.Badesladed and W. H.Toms 1742

    Durham, T.Badesladed and W. H.Toms 1742

Published in the Reign of George II

Published in the Reign of King
GEORGE II
1727 - 1760

Badeslade and Toms Information

Thomas Badeslade

Principally a surveyor and engineer working with his son Henry working on river improvements and fens reclamation

He started drawing maps of the Fens and waterways and was instrumental in a number of works in the first half of the 18th century. For county map collectors his one work was a series of very distinctive maps he drew for Chorographia Brittanniae engraved and published by W. H.Toms. First published in 1741 with a further edition in 1742 in which the maps show more place names. There were further edition up to 1749. The panel of information beside each map is particularly interesting listing towns in the county with their Market and Fair days.

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SHOWS MARKET AND FAIR DAYS

31092 Co. Durham, Thomas Badeslade and William Henry Toms, 1742. Price: 37.00

A MAP OF THE BISHOPRICK OF DURHAM NORTH FROM LONDON. A delightful small engraved map of the county with scale and compass rose. To the left of the map is a panel providing information on Members of Parliament and listing the major towns with the Market and Fair Days. 5 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches. Uncoloured. Publisher’s imprint beneath dated 1742 with the names of Thomas Badeslade the surveyor and W. H. Toms the engraver. Very nice good clean condition.

From Chorographia Britanniae
Provenance: In 1925 the atlas was owned by A. P. Hamilton
  •  Chorographia Britanniae 1742

    Chorographia Britanniae 1742

  •  Chorographia Britanniae 1742 Dedication

    Chorographia Britanniae 1742 Dedication

It is interesting to note that the atlas was intended for the use of his Majesty King George I for his intended tour through England and Wales. He died on June 11th, 1727. The dedication is to Frederick Prince of Wales, son of George II born February 1st, 1707 and who died on March 31st, 1751 at Kew.

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  •  Durham, Reuben Ramble 1845

    Durham, Reuben Ramble 1845

  •  Durham Text, Reuben Ramble 1844

    Durham Text, Reuben Ramble 1844

Published in the Reign of Queen Victoria

Published in the Reign of Queen
VICTORIA
1837 - 1901

Reuben Ramble Information

Reuben Ramble

Reuben Ramble was a pseudonym of the Reverend Samuel Clark (1810 - 1875). The Rector of Eaton-Bishop in Herefordshire and later a curate in Northamptonshire. He wrote geography books for children being in partnership with the publisher William Darton from c.1836 to 1843. Many copies of Reuben Ramble's Travels will no doubt have been lost over the years through mistreatment by children. I have seen specimens with added drawings, scribbles and doodles done with pencil and crayons during the time I have been dealing in maps. An interesting and whimsical addition for your map collection.

EARLY HAND COLOURING

FOR THE MAP COLLECTOR

31362 Durham, Reuben Ramble, c.1845. Price: 70.00

DURHAM. An uncommon lithograph miniature map of the county surrounded by a wide border of vignette views of local scenes including Durham Cathedral Mining and Shipping Coal. The maps first appeared in Miller’s New Miniature Atlas published in 1810. The decorative views were added and the maps republished by Darton & Clark in “Reuben Ramble’s Travels Through the Counties of England” in 1844. 5 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches. This is the size of overall area and not the contained map. Original hand colouring. With this map is the original double sided page of text describing the county.

Reuben Ramble was a pseudonym of the Reverend Samuel Clark (1810 - 1875). The Rector of Eaton-Bishop in Herefordshire and later a curate in Northamptonshire. He wrote geography books for children being in partnership with the publisher William Darton from c.1836 to 1843. Many copies of Reuben Ramble's Travels will no doubt have been lost over the years through mistreatment by children. I have seen specimens with drawings, scribbles and doodles during the time I have been dealing in maps. A whimsical addition for your map collection.

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  •  Durham, Carington Bowles, 1785

    Durham, Carington Bowles, 1785

Published in the Reign of George III

Published in the Reign of King
GEORGE III
1760 - 1820

  •  Sir H. George Fordham

    Sir H. George Fordham

EARLY HAND COLOURING

FOR THE MAP COLLECTOR

31424 Durham, Carington Bowles, 1785. Price: 85.00

BOWLES’S NEW MEDIUM MAP OF DURHAM DIVIDED INTO ITS WARDS.. A good detailed late 18th century map of the county. The title appears within a circular panel bearing the imprint of Carington Bowles No. 69 in St. Paul’s Church Yard. Beneath the map is a further imprint Published as the Act directs, 3 Jan. 1785. Around the map are interesting engraved notes pertaining to the county. 12 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches. Explanation and scale. Original outline hand colouring. Superb clean condition having been taken straight from the atlas and not sold previously as a single map.

From Bowles’s New Medium English Atlas. The maps in this atlas are based on the maps by Emanuel and Thomas Bowen in their Atlas Anglicanus. The title cartouche has been changed as well as the addition of the distance in miles from London shown by some town names.

Provenance

  •  Titlepage

    Titlepage

  •  Signature

    Signature

This map comes from an atlas which was once in the library of the renowned carto-bibliographer Sir Herbert George Fordham (1854 - 1929). He was the first to attempt the systematic cataloguing of the maps of an English county. Born on 9th May 1854 at Odsey, a manor on the borders of Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire sold to the Fordham family in 1793 by the 5th Duke of Devonshire. The flyleaf of the atlas was signed H.George Fordham, Odsey, 1925. Further reading: Map Collectors' Circle No. 51: Sir H.George Fordham Carto-bibliographer by J. M. Henshall.

The atlas was later in the library of Professor Eva Germaine Remington Taylor (1879 - 1966) Distinguished geographer. Presented after her death to Birbeck College, University of London. Sold by their order at Sotheby's, London and purchased by Richard Nicholson

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  •  Durham and York, John Bartholomew, c.1895

    Durham and York, John Bartholomew, c.1895

Published in the Reign of Queen Victoria

Published in the Reign of Queen
VICTORIA
1837 - 1901

TOWN PLAN

31469 Durham and York, John Bartholomew, c.1895. Price: 23.00

DURHAM. YORK. Two colour printed town plans on one sheet. Together 16 1/2 x 12 3/4 inches. Good clean condition.

From The Royal Atlas

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  •  Durham, Samuel Lewis 1845

    Durham, Samuel Lewis 1845

Published in the Reign of Queen Victoria

Published in the Reign of Queen
VICTORIA
1837 - 1901

EARLY HAND COLOURING

31587 Durham, Samuel Lewis, 1845. Price: 24.00

DURHAM. A county map drawn by R. Creighton and engraved by J. & C. Walker. 9 1/4 x 6 3/4 inches. Original outline hand colouring. Good clean condition. Straight from the atlas and not sold as a single map before now.

From Lewis' Atlas to the Topographical Dictionaries of England and Wales

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  •  Durham, John Cary, 1802

    Durham, John Cary, 1802

Published in the Reign of George III

Published in the Reign of King
GEORGE III
1760 - 1820

EARLY HAND COLOURING

31699 Durham, John Cary, 1802. Price: 45.00

DURHAM A well engraved detailed map of the county with title panel and compass rose combined. Scale. Imprint of John Cary dated 1793. With original page of descriptive text. 10 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches. Original outline hand colouring. Good condition.Straight from the atlas and not sold as a single map before. I have dated this map 1802 because the paper is watermarked 1802. The title page of the atlas is dated 1793.

From Cary's New and Correct English Atlas

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Excellent Book for the County Map Collector

If you can find a copy

When I started collecting and selling maps back in the 1960's there were very few reference books on antique maps. The first book I remember buying was Maps and Mapmakers by R. V. Tooley. Full of wonderful information but over the years there were periods when it was out of print. The Antique Collectors Club used to produce a large range of books on all kinds of antiques and in 1983 BRITISH COUNTY MAPS by YASHA BERISINER was published. To the best of my knowledge there has not been another book like it published. A most useful and informative work and essential for the avid county map collector. I think there was just the one edition. If you can get hold of a copy at a reasonable price my advice would be - Buy it. There is a link below that will search Amazon for copies on sale.

My well used copy pictured on the right still has its distinctive red cover illustrating Cambridgeshire by John Speed. The county I was born in.

British County Maps by Yasha Beresiner

A must read

for the lover of Maps, Roads and History

I was 19 when I got hooked on antique maps. There are quite a few of the early cartographers who we know a bit about about and their life stories make interesting reading. There is one English mapmaker who stands out as someone rather special who appears to have had a most interesting life. He is JOHN OGILBY. Yes you know he was the first to map the roads of England and Wales and yes you might have read that he had an interest in dancing. If you want to know more about the man who created that 17th century map hanging on your wall then you must read this book published in 2016 - The Nine Lives of John Ogilby by Alan Ereira. In this book the author brings a fascinating hidden history to light, and reveals that Ogilby's celebrated Britannia is far more than a harmless road atlas: it is, rather, filled with secrets designed to serve Charles II's sinister purpose.

You can order this book now and get it for less than the cover price of 25 pounds.

  •  The Nine Lives of John Ogilby by Alan Ereira

    The Nine Lives of John Ogilby by Alan Ereira

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THE BLAEU FAMILY

Back in in the 1960's I was fortunate to buy my first set of atlases by Joan Blaeu. It was in fact an incomplete set of seven volumes all bound in contemporary Dutch cream calf decorated with gold. The colouring was superb and in a way unique in that if I see any Blaeu maps now I would be able to identify whether they came from this same set. I bought the atlases at a well know London auction house having set off early that morning on the train from Chester. These were the days before the hated buyer's premium arrived. In fact if you were able to buy the atlases today at auction the buyer's premium alone would probably be about the price I paid for the set. I remember struggling back to Euston station with the volumes and was so protective that I would not even let the porter help me along the platform and onto the train. The atlases were later split and brought a lot of pleasure to a lot of my customers.

You can enjoy looking at these remarkable engraved maps of most parts of the world via a series of reproduction atlases produced in full colour

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RICHARD NICHOLSON of CHESTER

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Richard Nicholson

I have been buying and selling antique maps since the early 1960's during which time I had a gallery in Watergate Street, Chester for 30 years. I am now able to offer through my websites a personal service to map and print collectors.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are the maps old or are they just copies of old maps?
The maps are all genuine early specimens published in or around the year stated. A guarantee label is provided with each map.
How quickly are order sent off?
Orders are dealt quickly. Orders received in the morning are usually sent off the same day as I receive them. Failing this it is usually the next day.
Is map number --- available?
The web site is updated daily and sold items are removed so it is most likely that the map is available. You can always email me to check availability
What currency are your prices in?
All the prices on my web sites are in English pounds or pounds sterling.
What is the best way to pay?
There is a Shopping Cart for most of the maps to pay by PayPal. The best way is to email me to check a map is available then pay the total amount to my bank account and advise me you have done so. Telephone orders using your Mastercard or Visa Card are also welcome. Overseas customers may find the PayPal Cart the easiest way to by. The reason I prefer the bank payment method is simply because the charges to me are far less than the other methods.
Can I call and see the maps?
I am sorry, no. I had a map and print shop in the centre of Chester for 30 years. Since closing the shop the business is postal only except for the few maps that are available only for collection from Christleton.
How many copies do you have of each map?
I only have one specimen of each map offered. If I had a second similar specimen it would be offered separately under a different reference number.

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Antique Maps of County Durham, England - Richard Nicholson

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