1895 England and Wales – Geological – Framed


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Geological map of England and Wales, compiled from the latest documents showing principal roads railways, roads and canals

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The four cross sections illustrated are Baldock to Brighton, Anglesey to the Thames near Reading, Whitehaven to Sunderland and Llandudno to Lincolnshire Coast, these not seen on earlier editions of this map.

The Atlas was a comprehensive historical, geographical and geological description of the British Isles with various indexes and census information. This map is based on the geological and ordnance surveys of the time.

George Washington Bacon (1830-1922) was born in Lockport, New York state, and moved to London in 1861. A serial entrepreneur, he set up a number of diverse businesses, one of the earliest being importing maps that detailed areas and events relevant to the American civil war. He went on to write medical booklets, sell portable gymnasia and amongst other things, sewing machines.

With the enthusiasm and folly of youth as major players, he failed to keep on top of his businesses and went bankrupt in 1867. He returned his focus to publishing maps and soon prospered after purchasing Edward Weller’s English county steel plates, previously used for the incredibly detailed, but distinctly non decorative, Weekly Dispatch Atlas. Bacon expanded the plates, making them easier to read, improved them with a quality range of colour washes and published his remarkable work, The New Ordnance Atlas of the British Isles, first published 1883 which went to several further editions until about 1912. He was made Agent Appointed for Ordnance Maps in London due to this publication

Bacon continued to publish a wealth of work which mapped London in a number of ways and to various scales.  Towards the end of the 19th century, Bacon & Co. expanded his already vast portfolio with the acquisition of the London publisher James Wyld’s business, which also included yet more thoroughly detailed maps of the capital.

Though Bacon concentrated on publishing mostly English maps and atlases he also produced world atlases and his famous Australian Bacon’s Australian Atlas of the World containing twenty-eight double page maps letterpress descriptions, Gazetteer and index with supplementary index to towns in Australasia in 1910. In the early 1900’s Bacon’s business was purchased by the Scottish publishing house W & A K Johnston. Maps using the Bacon brand were still being produced as late as 1956 and in 1967 W & A K Johnston changed the company name to Johnston & Bacon. Johnston & Bacon are a successful publishing house to this day.

Dimensions 66 × 52 cm
Dimensions with Mount

86 x 72cm

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The New Large Scale Ordnance Atlas of The British Isles..


London 1895


Excellent condition

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