|Artist||Hoffman, George Spencer|
|Published||Copyright by Spencer Hoffman. 3. West Hill Road. London. SW 18. |
|Dimensions||385 x 485 mm|
A black and white printing of Spencer Hoffman's rare map of Oxford city centre, the second in a series of 'Wayabout' pictorial maps he produced in the 1920s and 1930s. The map shows the city from a bird's-eye perspective, with colleges, public buildings, streets, and other points of interest labelled. Three keys to the map feature along the bottom, enclosed in box cartouches. Colleges are labelled numerically, University and City buildings alphanumerically, and Churches with roman numerals. At the top of the map, to either side of the title cartouche, the arms of the City and University are enclosed in laurel wreaths.
A pastedown label along the bottom margin indicates this copy was sold by 'George Philip & Son, Ltd., 32 Fleet Street, London, E.C.4.'
George Spencer Hoffman (1875-1950) was a British architect and artist, known principally for his series of bird's-eye 'Wayabout' maps of British cities.
George Philip (1800–1882) was a cartographer and map publisher. Son of a staunchly Calvinist family, he became in 1819 assistant to the Liverpool bookseller, William Grapel and in 1834 started his own business in Liverpool producing maps and educational books. The business expanded rapidly. He used cartographers (such as John Bartholomew the elder, August Petermann, and William Hughes) to produce maps on copper plates. Philip then had these printed and hand-coloured by his women tinters. By the time he produced his county maps of 1862 he was using machine coloured maps produced on power-driven lithographic presses. He had one son, also George (1823–1902), who was admitted to the business in 1848 (and was the cause of the name change to George Philip & Son Ltd). The company continued to operate successfully until 1987 when it was sold to Reed International. Here it continued to trade as George Philip Ltd. In 1998, following a management buy-out of the Illustrated books division, Philip's became part of the Octopus Publishing Group. Hachette Livre acquired the group in 2001.
Condition: Pressed vertical and horizontal folds, as issued.