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Two maps that changed the world, plus other hard-to-find and curious maps

 

 Maps are usually meant to show the world as it is, rather than to change it. But Dr John Snow’s map of the 1854 cholera outbreak in Soho, London, which showed deaths clustered around a public water pump, changed our understanding of how the disease is transmitted, leading to changes in the design of water & waste infrastructure worldwide and huge improvements in public health. In addition to two variants of the map, we have just listed a number of other hard-to-find and unusual maps, including an 1885 map of Central Africa by Henry Morton Stanley (of “Dr Livingstone I presume?” fame), a small 1830 map of Cook’s exploration of New Zealand, a large 1920 map showing the movements of the Royal Navy’s Grand Fleet during the First World War, an 1849 print of a 1779 map of the then-Province of New York during the American War of Independence, a 2.5 metre (8 foot) leporello folding panorama of the Rhine, and a curious very detailed wall map showing the development of the Dublin tram network during the 20th century.

 

“Deaths From Cholera” outbreak in Soho, London in 1854. JOHN SNOW, 1874 map

This is a development of the famous 1855 map by Dr John Snow of the Soho Cholera Outbreak of 1854, as reproduced in Hansard for the Rivers Pollution Commission Report of 1874. Snow’s map is regarded as a pioneering example of disease mapping. Dr Snow challenged the then-dominant theory that cholera and other diseases were caused by pollution or a noxious miasma or “bad air”. He observed that the deaths caused by cholera in the so called “Broad Street Cholera Outbreak” of 1854 (now Broadwick Stre…

£ 649

US$ 926
€ 833

‘THE RIVER THAMES FROM ITS SOURCE TO THE SEA’. Thames Valley. WELLER, c1863 map

A map of the Thames valley comprising three strip maps. The top strip extends from Cirencester to Oxford, the centre strip from Oxford through Reading, Henley, Marlow, Maidenhead, Windsor, Staines, Chertsey, Kingston, Richmond to West London. The lower strip covers London to the mouth of the Thames and the Thames Estuary, including the Medway and the Isle of Sheppey. First issue with the Weekly Dispatch logo above the title. The network of railway lines in proximity to the river are shown

£ 179

US$ 255
€ 230

‘New Zealand explored by Capt. J. Cook 1769-77’. Small early map. KNIGHT 1830

This small uncommon map early 19th century map shows the New Zealand as explored by Captain Cook. Stewart Island /Rakiura is shown as a peninsula of South Island with an unresolved coastline. The main islands are marked with the Maori names of Eaheinomauwe Island (North Island) and Tavai-Poenamoo Island (South Island)

£ 109

US$ 156
€ 140

‘Dublin United Tramways’ track layout in 1908. Railways, roads. GILLHAM 1981 map

This large folding map of the Dublin Tram network by tram historian J.C. Gillham shows and describes the development of the city’s tram network and routes with many insets highlighting the layout of the depots and terminii.

£ 109

US$ 156
€ 140

Congo Free State & river valley. Central Africa. HENRY MORTON STANLEY, 1885 map

This large map shows the Congo River basin and Great Lakes of the African Rift Valley in great detail. The borders of the Congo Free State, declared the year of publication of the map, are shown. The map is taken from the Swedish language edition of “The Congo and the founding of its free state: a story of work and exploration.”, by Henry Morton Stanley

£ 449

US$ 641
€ 577

‘British Grand Fleet in the Great War’ North Sea movements. HARMSWORTH, 1920 map

£ 89

US$ 127
€ 114

‘Descriptive map of East End Poverty’. CHARLES BOOTH. Whitechapel Stepney 1889

The map covers the East End of London including Whitechapel, Stepney, Bethnal Green, Mile End & Limehouse. Charles Booth was a philanthropist and social reformer. He was critical of the existing statistical data on poverty in late-Victorian London. His research showed that 35% of the population were living in abject poverty – far higher than widely believed. He popularised the idea of the ‘poverty line’, and used his work to argue for the introduction of Old Age Pensions which he described as “l…

£ 449

US$ 641
€ 577

Geological map of the British Isles by Edward Best/STANFORD, 1874

£ 89

US$ 127
€ 114

1854 Broad Street Cholera Outbreak, Soho, London by Dr John Snow, 1874 old map

The famous 1855 map by Dr John Snow of the Soho Cholera Outbreak of 1854, as reproduced in Hansard for the Rivers Pollution Commission Report of 1874. Snow’s map is regarded as a pioneering example of disease mapping. Dr Snow challenged the then-dominant theory that cholera and other diseases were caused by pollution or a noxious miasma or “bad air”. He observed that the deaths caused by cholera in the so called “Broad Street Cholera Outbreak” of 1854 (now Broadwick Street, Soho, London) were cl…

£ 224

US$ 320
€ 288

‘The vicinity of NIAGARA FALLS’. Town plan for Tunis’ Guide. FAIRBANK, 1869 map

The map has two vignette views of the falls

£ 44.99

US$ 64
€ 58

Rhine leporello panorama from Mannheim to Cologne. 250x30cm. KAPP, c1871 map

This fabulous 2.5 metre long leporello panorama follows the course of the river Rhine from Cologne to Mannheim including Coblenz, Boppard, St Goar, Bingen, Mainz, Oppenheim & Worms. There are 48 marginal vignette views of towns, castles and vistas along the Rhine, and monuments of the most celebrated men of the Rhenish countries

£ 89

US$ 127
€ 114

Chorographical Map of the Province of New York in 1779. SAUTHIER & PEASE 1849

£ 53.99

US$ 77
€ 69

South London (TQ27 & TQ37) Land Use Survey Sheet 205. 85x55cm, 1968 old map

£ 44.99

US$ 64
€ 58

‘Polluted River Basins of Great Britain’. Pollution. STANFORD, 1874 old map

This fascinating map shows river pollution during the Victorian era. The river drainage basins and watersheds contaminated by sewage and industrial pollutants are marked and colour coded, while the uncontaminated river basins have been left uncoloured. The types of pollutants are marked and named on the map.

£ 53.99

US$ 77
€ 69

British Isles Hydrographical map. Drainage basins/watersheds. STANFORD, 1874

£ 67.99

US$ 97
€ 87

Vintage Surrey county tourist map, 1934

£ 39.99

US$ 57
€ 51

‘Pictorial Plan of Chester’. Town plan by CATHERALL & PRICHARD, c1870 old map

£ 89

US$ 127
€ 114

North London (TQ29 & TQ39) Land Use Survey Sheet 244. 85x55cm, 1967 old map

£ 44.99

US$ 64
€ 58

New River Channel south of Green Lanes Stn. Stoke Newington-Islington, 1874 map

The map shows the “New River” in London between Manor House and Rosebery Avenue, passing through Stoke Newington & Islington, passing close to Angel, Canonbury & St John Street. The New River is neither new nor a river – a joke that is almost as old as the water course itself. It was built between 1609 and 1613 to bring water from Amwell and Chadwell springs in Hertfordshire to London.

£ 44.99

US$ 64
€ 58

North Antrim. Northern Ireland Land Utilisation Survey Sheet 2. 80x70cm 1939 map

The map includes the Giant’s Causeway, Ballymoney & Rathlin Island. Land is colour-coded into Woodlands, unproductive land, orchards, gardens &c, arable land, grasslands & heath and moorland

£ 44.99

US$ 64
€ 58

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