Publisher: G Philip & Son

Folding maps and flat maps

The table below lists maps of Essex in approximately chronological order, taken from the Philip's Atlases and individual County Maps. Philip's started in 1834 and continued until 1987, when it was acquired by Reed Publishing, and is now a brand (George Philip Ltd) within the Octopus Publishing Group (owned by Hachette Livre).

The dimensions against each cover and each map are Height x Width; for the maps, the measurements are of the outermost neat line of the map (not the size of the sheet of paper). Click on the thumbnails to get a larger picture and more information.

There were two sizes of county map; the colours on the dimensions below group maps of essentially the same size together.

The following is an approximate sequence of the county maps, based on David Smith's Victorian Maps of the British isles (1985) which covers up to 1900, George Philip's The Story of the Last Hundred Years (1934), RA Carroll's The Printed Maps of Lincolnshire 1576-1900 (1996), plus the Atlases and maps at CUL and my own collection of maps of Essex.

Date Title(s) Approximate
Dimensions
Notes
1834 Philips' English County Atlas ??? x ???mm Republished to 1856 according to G Philip's own book, but
no-one seems to have a copy.
1856 Philips' Popular series of County Maps 335 x 415mm Still going in 1881. RAC
1857 Philips' County Atlas of England & Wales 335 x 415mm Republished to 1873. DS
1865 Philips' Atlas of the Counties of England 335 x 415mm Still going in 1899.
1872 Philips' Educational Series of County Maps 152 x 200mm For use in schools.
1873 Philips' Handy Atlas of the Counties of
England and Wales
152 x 200mm Still going in 1903.
1881 Supplement to the Pictorial World 336 x 417mm All other imprints removed.
1881 Philips' New Series of County Maps 336 x 417mm Still going in 1885
1884 Philips' Cyclists Map of the County of [...] 335 x 415mm Still going in 1900.
1900 Philips' Atlas of the British Isles 335 x 415mm Still going in 1904.
1903 Philips County Cycling Maps of England
& Wales
458 x 571mm Larger map & larger scale than earlier folding maps
1908 Philips' Handy Administrative Atlas of the
British Isles
152 x 200mm Was still going in 1930.
1909 Philips' Handy Atlas & Gazetteer of the
British Isles
152 x 200mm Was still going in 1921.
1910 Philips' Model County Maps 152 x 200mm Lots of text for schools, in Junior and Senior versions.

Folding county maps primarily for Cyclists

Philips New Series of County Maps               Cyclists Map of the County                       Philips' New Series of County Maps
Essex (1881)                                                   of Essex (1884)                                       Essex (1885)
Philips 1881                     Philips 1884                     Philips 1885
154 x 102mm for 336 x 417mm                   157 x 99mm for 334 x 416mm                     153 x 102mm for 335 x 415mm


Cyclists Map of the County                         Cyclists Map of the County
of Essex (1888)                                           of Essex (1893)
Philips 1888                  Philips 1893
156 x 96mm for 336 x 418mm                     156 x 96mm for 336 x 418mm


Cyclists Map of the County                          Philip's County Cycling Maps
of Essex (1900)                                           of England & Wales (1903)
Philips 1900                     Philips 1903
156 x 96mm for 336 x 418mm                    195 x 104mm for 458 x 571mm


Folding regional maps

Philips 10 Sheet Road Map
4 (East Anglia 1930)
Philips Map 4 cover
196 x 98mm for 881 x 735mm


County maps in Philip's Atlases

Thumbnail maps Mapmakers, their Atlases and Maps
Thumbnail: Philips 1867

G Philip
Atlas of the English Counties

1867         336mm x 420mm
Large but poor quality and erratic map.

Thumbnail: Philips 1873

G Philip
Philips' Handy Atlas of the Counties of England

1873         152mm x 200mm
Uncluttered map as initially for eductaitonal use.

Thumbnail: Philips 1882

G Philip
Philips' Handy Atlas of the Counties of England

1882         152mm x 200mm
Updated for railways.

Thumbnail: Philips 1885

G Philip
Philips' Atlas of the Counties of England

1885         337mm x 416mm
Larger than the Handy Philips', with new Divisions.

Thumbnail: Philips 1886

G Philip
Philips' Handy Atlas of the Counties of England

1886         152mm x 201mm
The small Philips gets the new Divisions.

Thumbnail: Philips 1890

G Philip
Philips' Handy Atlas of the Counties of England

1890         152mm x 201mm
The small Philips keeps going.

Thumbnail: Philips 1895

G Philip
Philips' Handy Atlas of the Counties of England

1895         161mm x 200mm
The small Philips another outing.

Thumbnail: Philips 1900

G Philip
Philips' Atlas of the Counties of England

1900         338mm x 417mm
Little changed since 1885.



Other information on G Philip & Son

Addresses:
1835-79* South Castle Street, Liverpool
1856-79* 32 Fleet Street, London

Their London address continued as 32 Fleet Street, London
Their Liverpool address continued as:
49 & 51 South Castle Street, Liverpool, and as
Caxton Buildings, South John Street, Liverpool

The firm continued to describe itself as being "London and Liverpool" into the 20th century.
When it opened new offices and factory in London in 1901, it henceforward used the imprint "The London Geographical Institute".

*Taken from British Map Engravers, Worms & Baynton-Williams.


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