Rare, vintage cased set of G.W.Bacon’s Motor Maps of England
Dark brown leather case with carrying handle opens to a red velvet lined interior holding nine individual, linen-backed folding maps of England, identified by area with a numbered tab, from N. England to South Central. Each map bears the cartographer’s name, G. W. Bacon & Co Ltd, 127 Strand, London and Bacon’s Geographical Establishment. Scale 5” to one mile, maps show mileage between towns, woods, railways and golf links. In order to ‘secure special clearness, unimportant roads, small villages and minor details are omitted’! Roads are pre-Ministry of Transport road-numbering scheme of 1923 and therefore are un-named. To the inside of the lid is a strap holding a ‘Universal Map Measurer’ in its card case. Marked with the maker’s trademark, ‘depose HC’ (for Henri Chatelain, toolmaker) and Made in France, the box shows the instructions for use on both sides. It has scales for inches to miles or ‘verstes’ (a Russian measurement abandoned in 1925 when the country adopted the metric system) and centimetres to kilometres. All in exceptional condition.
English, circa 1920
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