77 James Wallis 1812

 

Although the name James Wallis in the context of county mapping only appears for a brief span of ten years (fl. 1810-25) he worked on three separate county atlases in this time (see also 78 and 88). The first of these Wallis’s Travellers Companion appeared c.1812. This was a miniature atlas with maps similar to those in Cary’s Traveller’s Companion (69), similar atlas title and even the unusual orientation: although the names are to be read with the map held with the title to the top, the map is oriented with north to the right. Copies of the atlas were available from Davies and Eldridge of Exeter; their name was added below Wallis’s address on the title page.

The maps were used by Patrick Martin and W Lewis. William Lewis (fl.1819-36) had premises at 21 Finch Lane London.

James Wallis was engraver, bookseller, printer, stationer and publisher. Worms and Baynton-Williams believe him to have been born in Southampton in 1784, the son of Henry and Mary Wallis. Although registered as a stationer in Westminster in 1841 he seems to have left the map and publishing business.1

 

Size 132 x 93 mm. Map panel 110 x 85 mm.                                                                                                     Scale of Miles (12 = 16 mm).

DEVONSHIRE. Imprint: London. Publish’d by J Wallis, Engraver, 77 Berwick Strt. Soho. (CeOS).

                                                                                                                                                         

1. 1812  Wallis’s New Pocket Edition of the English Counties or Travellers Companion (NDL).
    London. J Wallis. (1812). CCCXLIV, RGS, W.
       
2. 1814 Plate number 11 added (EaOS).    (E).
       
    Wallis’s New Pocket Edition ... or Travellers Companion  
    London. J Wallis. (1814).  RGS, B.
       
3. 1816 New imprint: London. Publish’d by P Martin No 198 Oxford Street. (CeOS). Hill hachuring removed.  (E).
       
    Martin’s New Traveller’s Guide  
    London. P Martin. (1816). CB.
       
    Martin’s Sportsman’s Almanack for 1818 (and 1819)  
    London. Simpkin and Marshall. 1818, 1819. CB; C.
       
    Lewis’s New Traveller’s Guide  
    London. W Lewis. (1819).2  W.
       
4. 1819 Imprint removed.  
       
    Lewis’s New Traveller’s Guide  
    London. W Lewis. (1819).       CB.
       
5. 1819  New imprint: London. Publish’d by W. Lewis Finch Lane. (CeOS).  
       
    Lewis’s New Traveller’s Guide  
    London. W Lewis. 1819 (1821), 1819 (1824).3 W, AA; CCCLXIV, BL, W.
       
    Lewis's New Traveller's Guide  
    London. W Lewis. 1819 (1825), 1819 (1827).4 B; B.
       
    Lewis’s New Traveller’s Guide and Panorama of England and Wales  
    London. W Lewis. 1835. CCCLXV, BL, B.
       
    Lewis's New Traveller's Guide and Panorama of England and Wales  
    London. W Lewis. 1836. CCCLXVI, BL, W.
       

[1] See Worms and Baynton-Williams British Map Engravers entry p.697.

[2] Twenty five maps still bear the imprint of Martin, the others are blank.

[3] The Preface is dated 1819 in each issue. Watermarks have been used to date the various 1819 issues.

[4] The Preface dated 1819 and watermark dating as above.