Gazetteers

Gazetteers contain text decriptions of places, in alphabetical order within county or for the country as a whole. They vary enormously in size, and hence in length of articles. They also usually contain county maps, sometimes using ones commissioned for them, but usually ones created for other publications (such as atlases), often from some years earlier.

The text descriptions are also a mixture of original writing and plagiarised - sometimes simply duplicated text with a new title and frontispiece. The items listed below are solely for Britain, and for Essex.

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Gazetteers

Author(s) Title Publisher Date Notes Reference Shelving
John Norden Speculi Britanniae Pars Camden Society 1594 (1840) Norden's manuscript map of Essex, plus his Survey (ie description). 2 copies C183 and 942.67 Roll 30A2
William Camden, trans Edmund Gibson Camden's Britannia: or a Chorographical Description of Great Britain and Ireland (1 vol) Swall and Churchill 1695 Morden's larger county maps; 24pp text on Essex, but lacks its map C1475 Tall E4
Morden & Cox Magna Britannia et Hibernia, Volumes 1 to 6 M Nutt 1720 Map of each County in E&W (lacks Essex), plus triangular distance tables C1067 Roll 8C1
[Morden & Cox] [Magna Britannia et Hibernia] Essex M Nutt 1720 Morden's smaller map of Essex C185 Roll 30A1
William Camden, trans Edmund Gibson Camden's Britannia: or a Chorographical Description of Great Britain and Ireland, 3rd ed (2 vols) Ware et al 1753 Longer text, but same Morden's larger county maps (from 1695) C1476 Tall E3
Nathaniel Spencer The Complete English Traveller - 2 copies J Cooke 1771 New and Accurate Map of England; An Accurate Map of Great Britain C1503.a & AAM 55a Roll 8D7 & 14C5
William Camden, trans Edmund Gibson Camden's Britannia: or a Chorographical Description of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th ed (2 vols) Ware et al 1772 Longer text, but same Morden's larger county maps (from 1695). Essex missing C1482 Tall E5
Nathaniel Spencer The Complete English Traveller J Cooke 1772 A large gazetteer (in poor condition) but very inferior to the same publisher's item C1500 below. C1503 Short A3
British Topography Richard Gough Payne & Son 1780 Very large gazetteer, with copies of historic UK maps, such as Peutinger, Matthew Paris & the "Gough" map C1378 Roll 8C6
Burlington, Rees & Murray The Universal British Traveller J Cooke 1782 A very large gazetteer (in good condition) and far better than the same publisher's item C1503 above C1500 Short A3
The New British Traveller George Augustus Walpoole Alexander Hogg 1784 Map of England & Wales, plus county maps (Essex missing). Identical to item C1502 below, apart from the Introduction C1501 Tall D5
The Antiquities of England & Wales (in 6 volumes) Francis Grosse S Hooper 1787 Small county maps using Seller's maps of 90 years earlier; Essex in Vol 5, C1365 C1361 to C1366 Roll 8C7
The New and Complete English Traveller William Hugh Dalton Alexander Hogg 1794 Map of England & Wales, plus county maps (Essex missing). Identical to item C1501 above, apart from the Introduction C1502 Tall D5
William Camden, trans Richard Gough Britannia: or a Chorographical Description of the flourishing Kingdoms (in 4 volumes) John Stockdale 1806 Cary's Britannia maps 1st issued with 1st ed of 4 vol version in 1789; Essex is in vol 2, C1479 C1478 to C1481 Tall E4
Benjamin Pitts Capper A Topographical Dictionary of the United Kingdom (2 copies) Richard Philips 1808 Maps of the counties, plus map of GB & Ireland. Also called Capper's Atlas - but it is a Gazetteer, not an "atlas". D23 & AAM 91 Roll 9B1 & 14D1
William Cobbett A geographical Dictionary of England and Wales W Cobbett 1832 Maps of counties, the worst ever drawn D18f Roll 9B1
Thos Wright The History and Topography of The County of Essex, in 2 Volumes Virtue 1831 They all contain Bingley's map of Essex (c1834), but the 2nd one also has pasted in Kitchin's London Magazine map of Essex (1748), Seller's (ie Grosse's) map of Essex 1787 (1694) and Dugdale's (ie Cole & Roper's) map of Essex 1835 C192, C192a & 942.67 Roll 29D5 & 30A2 (3rd)
Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England, 2nd ed (10 volumes) S Lewis & Co 1833 Lewis's map of England & Wales 1833, plus Bradshaw's map of England & Wales 1846 - that has a lot more railways on it. (Also many other inserts by a former owner.) County maps immediately pre-1832 Reform Act (Essex in Vol 3, C1428) C1426 to C1435 Roll 9B7
Thomas Dugdale Curiosities of Great Britain: England & Wales Delineated (2 volumes) - 2 copies Tallis & Co 1835 Map of each County using Cole & Roper 1810 maps C1065 & C1161 Roll 8C1 & 8C4
Archibald Fullarton The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales (12 volumes) A Fullarton 1840 County maps - Essex in Vol 4 C1410 Roll 8C6
Archibald Fullarton The Parliamentary Gazetteer (4 volumes) - 2 copies A Fullarton 1844 Map of each County in E&W - Essex vol 2 C1410 Roll 8D1
John Marius Wilson The Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales A Fullarton 1870 Maps of cities, islands & estuaries; Thames estuary in vol 3 C1414 Roll 8D1
Alfred Taylor Pictorial Britain McCann Co for Esso 1933 Pictorial plans of regions C1150 Roll 8C7

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