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Antique Maps of Somersetshire

James Pepper

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  •  Gardner road map Bristol, Chepstow, Monmouth, Hereford, Leominster, Ludlow

    Gardner road map Bristol, Chepstow, Monmouth, Hereford, Leominster, Ludlow

Published in the Reign of George I

Published in the Reign of King
GEORGE I
1714 - 1727

THOMAS GARDNER ROAD MAP 1719

Based on the earlier survey of the roads by John Ogilby each map measures about 10 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches and is made up of usually six panels with a central title panel and unlike other road maps of the period each map bears a dedication to a named person.

From: "Pocket Guide to The English Traveller" published in 1719

25351 Plate 56 Bristol, Chepstow, Monmouth, Hereford, Leominster, Ludlow. Price: 58.00

Dedicated to Earl of Carnarvan. Hand coloured. Good condition.

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  •  Gardner road map Bristol, Wells, Glastonbury, Taunton, Exeter

    Gardner road map Bristol, Wells, Glastonbury, Taunton, Exeter

Published in the Reign of George I

Published in the Reign of King
GEORGE I
1714 - 1727

THOMAS GARDNER ROAD MAP 1719

Based on the earlier survey of the roads by John Ogilby each map measures about 10 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches and is made up of usually six panels with a central title panel and unlike other road maps of the period each map bears a dedication to a named person.

From: "Pocket Guide to The English Traveller" published in 1719

25353 Plate 58. Bristol, Wells, Glastonbury, Taunton, Exeter. Price: 62.00

Dedicated to Francis Drew. Hand coloured. Good condition.

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  •  Somersetshire, John Seller, c.1787

    Somersetshire, John Seller, c.1787

Published in the Reign of George III

Published in the Reign of King
GEORGE III
1760 - 1820

28923 Somersetshire, John Seller, c.1787. Price: 34.00

SOMERSETSHIRE. An engraved map of the county with title panel. 5 x 4 inches. Uncoloured. Description beneath and continuing on verso. Good condition.

From Grose's The Antiquities of England and Wales

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  •  The River Avon, Captain Greenville Collins, c.1740

    The River Avon, Captain Greenville Collins, c.1740

Published in the Reign of George III

Published in the Reign of King
GEORGE III
1760 - 1820

SEA CHART

29234 The River Avon, Captain Greenville Collins, c.1740. Price: 700.00

THE RIVER AVON FROM THE SEVERN TO THE CITTY OF BRISTOLL. A magnificent chart by Capt Greenville Collins. The title cartouche depicts the Avon Gorge with a sailing ship passing through. The sea area embellished with a compass rose and many ships is on the right of the map as the course has been inverted to show it flowing East to West. Dedication cartouche bearing the name of Robert Yate Esq. and surmounted by his coat of arms. This is one of the larger charts from The Coasting Pilot and shows vertical fold creases which is normal. A fine specimen with wide blank margins and finely executed later hand colouring. 36 1/4 x 15 1/2 inches. Good clean condition.

From The Coasting Pilot

This chart was framed some years ago in a black and gilt moulding. A little wear but still in reasonable condition. Only available to customers who can collect from Christleton
  •  Road Road Map Bridgwater to Dulverton, John Owen & Emanuel Bowen, 1756

    Road Road Map Bridgwater to Dulverton, John Owen & Emanuel Bowen, 1756

Published in the Reign of George III

Published in the Reign of King
GEORGE III
1760 - 1820

ROAD MAP

30395 Road Map Bridgwater to Dulverton, John Owen & Emanuel Bowen, 1756. Price: 24.00

Plate 79/80 Strip road map. On one side the uncoloured route from Maiden Bradley, Bruton, Bridgwater. On side 80 the route Bridgwater to Dulverton, hand coloured. 4 1/2 x 7 inches. Good condition.

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  •  Somersetshire, Robert Morden, 1722

    Somersetshire, Robert Morden, 1722

Published in the Reign of George I

Published in the Reign of King
GEORGE I
1714 - 1727

EARLY 18TH CENTURY

30428 Somersetshire, Robert Morden, 1722. Price: 136.00

SOMERSET SHIRE BY ROBT. MORDEN. A good engraved map of the county divided into hundreds. Decorative title cartouche and three scales. 16 x 14 inches, 415 x 355 mm. Uncoloured. Good clean condition. A nice specimen.

From Camden's Britannia

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  •  Somersetshire, John Cary, 1809

    Somersetshire, John Cary, 1809

Published in the Reign of George III

Published in the Reign of King
GEORGE III
1760 - 1820

EARLY HAND COLOURING

30448 Somersetshire, John Cary, 1809. Price: 49.00

SOMERSETSHIRE. A good detailed engraved map of the county. Title panel and compass rose combined. Cary's imprint dated 1809. 10 1/4 x 84 inches. Attractive original outline hand colouring. With original page of descriptive text. Good condition.

From New and Correct English Atlas

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  •  Somersetshire, George Washington Bacon, c.1905

    Somersetshire, George Washington Bacon, c.1905

Published in the Reign of Edward VII

Published in the Reign of King
EDWARD VII
1901 - 1910

30817 Somersetshire, George Washington Bacon, c.1905. Price: 17.00

SOMERSETSHIRE REDUCED FROM THE ORDNANCE SURVEY. DIVIDED INTO 5 MILE SQUARES. A good detailed lEdwardian colour printed map of the county Shows the railways and Parliamentary Divisions. 18 1/4 x 12 inches. Good condition.

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  •  Somersetshire, John Cary 1793

    Somersetshire, John Cary 1793

Published in the Reign of George III

Published in the Reign of King
GEORGE III
1760 - 1820

PROVENANCE: FROM THE LIBRARY OF JOHN HOBSON MATTHEWS

30882 Somersetshire, John Cary 1793. Price: 54.00

SOMERSETSHIRE. A detailed engraved map of the county. Title panel and compass rose combined. Cary's imprint beneath dated 1793. 10 1/4 x 84 inches. Original outline hand colouring. Some of the town names are underlined in red. With original page of descriptive text. Good condition.

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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  •  Somersetshire, John Cary 1793

    Somersetshire, John Cary 1793

Published in the Reign of George III

Published in the Reign of King
GEORGE III
1760 - 1820

EARLY HAND COLOURING

31003 Somersetshire, John Cary 1793. Price: 50.00

SOMERSETSHIRE. A detailed engraved map of the county. Title panel and compass rose combined. Cary's imprint beneath dated 1793.10 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches. Centre fold. Old manuscript numbering in blank margin 136 and 137. Original outline hand colouring. Good condition.

From Cary’s New and Correct English Atlas

TITLEPAGE AND ANNOTATED CONTENTS PAGE

  •  Cary's New and Correct English Atlas

    Cary's New and Correct English Atlas

  •  Cary's New and Correct English Atlas

    Cary's New and Correct English Atlas

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Hobson's Fox Hunting Atlas
  •  Somersetshire - Fox Hunting, John and Charles Walker, 1851

    Somersetshire - Fox Hunting, John and Charles Walker, 1851

Published in the Reign of Queen Victoria

Published in the Reign of Queen
VICTORIA
1837 - 1901

VICTORIAN FOX HUNTING MAP

31060 Somersetshire - Fox Hunting, John and Charles Walker, 1851. Price: 52.00

SOMERSETSHIRE. A good detailed lithograph map of the county from Hobson's Fox Hunting Atlas showing the places of the Meeting of the Hounds. 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches. Published by Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown and Co. Paternoster Row, London. Original outline hand colouring. Fine condition. Straight from the atlas so has not been sold as a single map before.

Shows West Somerset, Noeth Devon, Tiverton, Blacmore Vale and Mr. Farquharson Hunts

Provenance: George Hayhurst - Royal Fusiliers and Henry H. France

TITLEPAGE AND LIST OF HUNTS

  •  Hobson Fox Hunting Atlas Titlepage

    Hobson Fox Hunting Atlas Titlepage

  •  Hobsons Fox Hunting Atlas List of Hunts

    Hobsons Fox Hunting Atlas List of Hunts

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  •  Somersetshire, T.Badesladed and W. H.Toms 1742

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

Published in the Reign of George II

Published in the Reign of King
GEORGE II
1727 - 1760

My Image

Like all the maps on this page
GUARANTEED
to be a genuine early specimen

SHOWS MARKET AND FAIR DAYS

31112 Somersetshire, Thomas Badeslade and William Henry Toms, 1742. Price: 45.00

A MAP OF THE SOMERSET SHIRE WEST 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. 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 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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  •  Somersetshire John Cary 1787

    Somersetshire John Cary 1787

Published in the Reign of George III

Published in the Reign of King
GEORGE III
1760 - 1820

FIRST EDITION - EARLY HAND COLOURING

31301 Somersetshire, John Cary 1787. Price: 56.00

SOMERSETSHIRE. The FIRST EDITION of this detailed engraved map of the county. Title panel and compass rose combined. Cary's imprint beneath dated 1787.10 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches. Original outline hand colouring. Good condition. With this map is the original page of descriptive text.

From Cary’s New and Correct English Atlas

THE SUBSCRIBERS TO THE FIRST EDITION

If you are thinking of buying this map you may be interested to see this list of the original subscribers to Cary's New and Correct English Atlas first published in 1787. It makes interesting reading and might even include one of your relatives.

  •  New and Correct English Atlas Subscribers

    New and Correct English Atlas Subscribers

  •  New and Correct English Atlas Subscribers

    New and Correct English Atlas Subscribers

  •  New and Correct English Atlas Subscribers

    New and Correct English Atlas Subscribers

  •  New and Correct English Atlas Subscribers

    New and Correct English Atlas Subscribers

  •  New and Correct English Atlas Subscribers

    New and Correct English Atlas Subscribers

  •  New and Correct English Atlas Subscribers

    New and Correct English Atlas Subscribers

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  •  Wiltshire, Reuben Ramble 1844

    Wiltshire, Reuben Ramble 1844

  •  Somerset Text, Reuben Ramble 1844

    Somerset Text, Reuben Ramble 1844

Published in the Reign of Queen Victoria

Published in the Reign of Queen
VICTORIA
1837 - 1901

EARLY HAND COLOURING

FOR THE MAP COLLECTOR

31388 Somersetshire, Reuben Ramble, c1845. Price: 95.00

SOMERSETSHIRE. An uncommon lithograph miniature map of the county surrounded by a wide border of vignette views of local scenes including Glastonbury Abbey, Bristol Cathedral and Gloves. 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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  •  Taunton, Lt. Robert K. Dawson, 1832

    Taunton, Lt. Robert K. Dawson, 1832

Published in the Reign of William IV

Published in the Reign of King
WILLIAM IV
1830 - 1837

EARLY HAND COLOURING

31464 Taunton, Lt. Robert K. Dawson, 1832. Price: 35.00

TAUNTON. A lithograph map of Taunton on a scale of 3 inches to the mile. Compass pointer and explanation. About 9 x 8. Original outline hand colouring. Publishers fold crease on left as normal. With original page of text. Good condition.

From Plans of the Cities and Boroughs of England and Wales.

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  •  Somersetshire, Samuel Lewis 1845

    Somersetshire, Samuel Lewis 1845

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

    Lewis' Atlas to the Topographical Dictionaries of England and Wales

Published in the Reign of Queen Victoria

Published in the Reign of Queen
VICTORIA
1837 - 1901

EARLY HAND COLOURING

31615 Somersetshire, Samuel Lewis, 1845. Price: 26.00

SOMERSETSHIRE. A county map drawn by R. Creighton and engraved by J. & C. Walker. Reference to the Unions. Scale and compass rose. 6 3/4 x 9 inches. Original outline hand colouring. Vertical folding crease as issued. Crease line across the bottom of the right hand blank margin corner otherwise 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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18th Century Road Maps by John Owen and Emanuel Bowen

  •  Road map Bristol to Exeter. Owen/Bowen c.1730

    Road map Bristol to Exeter. Owen/Bowen c.1730

  •  Road map Bristol to Exeter. Owen/Bowen c.1730

    Road map Bristol to Exeter. Owen/Bowen c.1730

149/150 Bristol, Wells, Glastonbury, Taunton, Wellington, Exeter
27501
Uncoloured

Price: 20.00

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  •  Road map Darlington to Morpeth. Owen/Bowen c.1730

    Road map Darlington to Morpeth. Owen/Bowen c.1730

  •  Road map Bristol to Weymouth. Owen/Bowen c.1730

    Road map Bristol to Weymouth. Owen/Bowen c.1730

155/156 Bristol, Wells, Glastonbury, Somerton, Crewkerne, Frampton, Weymouth
27500
Uncoloured

Price: 21.00

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  •  Road map Dartmouth to Monehead. Owen/Bowen c.1730

    Road map Dartmouth to Monehead. Owen/Bowen c.1730

  •  Road map Dartmouth to Monehead. Owen/Bowen c.1730

    Road map Dartmouth to Monehead. Owen/Bowen c.1730

169/170 Dartmouth, Exeter, Silverton, Bumpkin, Minehead.
25066
Hand coloured

Price: 27.00

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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

AN ANTIQUE MAP OR PRINT MAKES A VERY SPECIAL RETIREMENT GIFT

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.

James Pepper
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All the maps are guaranteed to be genuine early specimens

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.

Some of the nice things Customers have said

2017 
Just to say the map arrived safe and sound thank you and is beautiful. We will be getting it framed ASAP as we are both scared of touching it and damaging it!
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2016 
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2014 
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Antique Maps of Somerset, England - Richard Nicholson