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1899 Bartholomew Fire Brigade Map of London, England

London Fire Brigade Instructional Map. / Bartholomew's Plan of London. - Main View

1899 Bartholomew Fire Brigade Map of London, England



London Fire Brigade Instructional Map. / Bartholomew's Plan of London.
  c. 1899 (undated)     45 x 60 in (114.3 x 152.4 cm)


An enormously proportioned and extremely unusual map of London, England prepared by John Bartholomew. Covers the entire city of London from Kenton in the northwest, to Richmond Park in the southwest, to Hospital Hill in the northeast and Longlands in the southeast. Offers extraordinary detail freely labeling individual buildings, streets, and waterways throughout London. Prepared as a 'London Fire Brigade Instructional Map' with the area of London patrolled by the fire brigades outlined in red. Probably not originally a fire brigade map, but adopted by the fire brigade commanders from Bartholomew's Plan of London, the best available at the time. Undated, but fits with the style and layout of the late 19th century. A rare and magnificent piece of London history.


The Bartholomew Family (fl. c. 1810 - 1920) is clan of map publishers active in London through the 19th century. They represent one of the great names in British cartography. The cartographic story of the Bartholomew family begins with George Bartholomew (January, 8 1784 - October 23, 1871, active from 1797), an engraver in the employ of the Daniel Lizars firm of Edinburgh. George was the first of six generations in the Bartholomew map-making dynasty. It was his son, John Bartholomew Sr. (1805 - April 9, 1861) who ultimately founded John Bartholomew and Sons in 1828. The John Bartholomew firm produced thousands of maps and rose to become one of the largest and most prolific cartography firms in Scotland. John Sr. was succeeded by his son, also John Bartholomew Jr. (1831-93). John George Bartholomew (1860-1920), son of John Bartholomew (1831-93) took control of the firm at its height. John George was a charter member of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and supported the creation of a National Institute of Geography - a good idea that never took off. John George is also reliably attributed to be the first to bring the term "Antarctica" into popular usage as a denominator for the Southern Continent. In recognition of his work, John George was awarded a warrant from the king and often used the title "Cartographer to the King" on his imprint. Among his friends and admirers he was referred to as the "Prince of Cartography". John (Ian) Bartholomew (1890 - 1962) continued the family business and oversaw publication of the Times Survey Atlas of the World in 1922 and the Mid Century Edition of the Time Atlas of the World from 1955 - 1960. John Christoper Bartholomew (1923 - 2008) continued the family business into a fifth generation and was fascinated by the natural sciences. He spearheaded the publication of many of the most detailed and popular maps of the last century. His brother Robert, a trained printer, became production director. Another brother, Peter, an accountant, started as a managing director and eventually became executive chairman. The John Bartholomew firm has been part of the HarperCollins family of publishers since 1989. The vast archive of maps and atlases produced by the Bartholomew family has since been transferred to the National Library of Scotland where it is currently in the cataloguing process. More by this mapmaker...


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Very good condition. Dissected and mounted on linen in 32 sections. Original linen backing in good condition. Comes with original red linen folder stamped with title 'London Fire Brigade Instructional Map'.