Welcome to The Printed Maps of Devon

In 1996 Francis Bennett and myself published our first book on the maps of Devon and listed all known maps printed
between 1575 and 1837 showing the whole of the county of Devon on either one or two sheets. Although this omitted Ordnance Survey sheets and those atlases designed on a sheet basis, this meant that we were still able to list 117 different maps along with their sources and provide information on the people behind them.

This site is the internet version of the revised Second Edition of The Printed Maps of Devon.

Since the original work was published (now out of print) more maps have come to light and new information discovered so that the present work includes a total of 119 different maps incorporating over 300 states (i.e. including variations) and references nearly 1200 sources of atlases and maps. These are all included here in this site. Furthermore, as the authors are no longer restricted to the A4 format, we have been able to include extra information on many of these issues.

Interested users of this site are invited to contribute new information and new states or even new maps. Moreover, in the course of our researches we may have omitted something, overlooked a source or falsely interpreted our notes. We apologise for any errors and welcome correspondence and corrections from fellow enthusiasts and collectors.

Please note that the sequel to Printed Maps is now available on-line. The Victorian Maps of Devon in an up-to-date revised second state can now be accessed by clicking this link.

It is planned to add further sites in the future: the work of John Cooke of Plymouth and The Printed Maps of Exeter. So watch this space!

Kit Batten


After completing six books / monographs on Devon mapping I am beginning to sell off my collection. If you see any map or atlas with "KB" as the source (extreme right of listing) then I have this in my collection. If you are interested in buying, let me know!

In addition I have a new site where I will list maps from my collection for sale. 

Go to 


for a short list of maps currently on sale. If you can see from my two web sites - Printed Maps of Devon and Victorian Maps of Devon that I may have a map of interest to you, feel free to send me an enquiry or to make me an offer.

Printed Maps of Exeter




The Printed Maps of Exeter


Our latest publication is The Printed Maps of Exeter. This is only available from Devon County Council and is sold through the Devon Heritage Site. Only 500 copies of this book were published so it is quite scarce. And at only ten pounds it is very affordable. 

To order view the web site at: http://www.devon.gov.uk/the_printed_maps_of_exeter_city_maps.htm.

The aim has been to include every printed map of Exeter published on one sheet in the period up to 1901.  The maps catalogued here mean that every Exonian interested in mapping of any sort should find something of interest.  These 62 maps include the first printed map by John Hooker of 1587 plus two other maps executed by him but not actually printed until the 1890s.  These are early plans attempting to show how the city looked even before Hooker's time and plans of the castle and precincts.  Each map is described and illustrated and an attempt has been made to put it in its historical context. 



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