1884 Gifford Map of London, England (printed on silk)
Description: An exceptionally scarce item, this is Gifford's c. 1884 folding silk pocket map of London, England. The map is printed on fine silk - a novel innovation ideal for the traveler that offers greater durability over traditional paper maps. Centered on the Thames River, the amp covers London from Islington to Stepney and From Kennington to Kensington. The map is divided into both half mile circles radiating from Charing Cross and half mile squares. All streets, parks, rail lines, and bridges are noted as well as important buildings, palaces, municipal buildings, and cemeteries. The map is derived from Bacon's c. 1884 paper map entitled 'Bacon's New Map of Central London'. Bacon's Map Establishment is credited in the lower left quadrant, just outside the printed border. Gifford, this map's publisher is something of a mystery. The only reference we've found is a note in Hyde that suggests that a silk variant has been noted in the collections of the Kensington Central Library, London. Otherwise this map is exceptionally scarce and rarely appears on the market. The Gifford variant is not cataloged in Hyde or any other major collection.
Date: 1884 (undateda)
References: Hyde, Ralph, Printed Maps of Victorian London, 1851 - 1900, no. 201.
Cartographer: George Washington Bacon (1830 - 1922) was a London based book and map publisher active in the mid to late 19th century. Bacon's firm G.W. Bacon and Co. purchased the plates created by Edward Weller for the Weekly Dispatch Atlas then modified and updated them for several of their own important atlases, including The New Ordnance Atlas of the British Isles. In 1893, Bacon & Co. acquired the map publishing business of J. Wyld. Then, around the turn of the century, Bacon & Co. itself was folded into the Scottish publishing house of W.& A.K. Johnston. Click here for a list of rare maps from G. W. Bacon.
Size: Printed area measures 27 x 20 inches (68.58 x 50.8 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 15800
Condition: Very good. Some toning on original fold lines. Printed on fine silk. Folds into original cardboard case.
Code: London-gifford-1884 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)