British Map Engravers

More than just a Dictionary …

A talk given at the London Map Fair at the Royal Geographical Society, June 2011, on the occasion of the pre-launch of “British Map Engravers”. Click on any of the images to enlarge. Nearly 800 pages in all, some 1,600 entries, over 600 illustrations – and more than just a dictionary.  A rather large and ambitious…

Rocque Lettered

Location in the London Map Trade

A talk given to members of the International Map Collectors’ Society (IMCoS) – 3rd June 2000. A transcript was published in the IMCoS Journal: Issue 82 (Autumn 2000).  We are all used to looking at maps: that is what brings us together.  One small part of the complex web of information a map may offer…

Thomas Jefferys

Thomas Jefferys (1719-1771) : Beginning the World Afresh

Originally published (with more and variant illustrations) in Mapforum 3 (Autumn, 2004): pp. 20-29.  Thomas Jefferys is already rather better documented than most English mapmakers of the eighteenth century – or indeed of any other period. Brian Harley’s exemplary 1966 essay,[1] amplified and updated by the more recent work of Mary Pedley and Donald Hodson,[2] gives…