Author: Laurence Worms and Ashley Baynton-Williams
Publisher: Rare Book Society
Year of publish: 2011
Place of publish: London
Edition: 1st edition
ISBN: 978 0 9569422 03
Size: Royal 8vo (25cm). xxxii, 744pp
Price: 125GBP (earlybird discount in March 2011: 80GBP)
This book was planned to be published in June 2011 but finally reached my desk in September 2011. It is an illustrated dictionary about more than 1500 of map-traders, including all the known engravers, lithographers, globemakers retailers, mapsellers, publishers, cartographers and the map-based games makers etc, in the British Isles in the 19th century. Each entry includes a list of published work, biographical facts mostly based on fresh and original research, addresses and dates, details of apprentices, etc. There are over 600 illustrations, such as trade-card, bill-head, portrait, plan accompany the entries.
The Bartholomew's family is the most important reference for my research as they were the main mapmakers, engravers and lithographers in the late 18th century to the early 20th century. In this dictionary, George Bartholomew (1784-1871), Henry Bartholomew (1834-1899), John Bartholomew the first (1805-1861), John Bartholomew the second (1831-1893) and William Bartholomew (1819-1881), are all included.
It is lovely bound in buckram cloth and gilt title on spine.