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We know little about William Colling Hobson who died c.1878. Amongst his works are several engraved by John & Charles Walker including this. The most recognisable of their collaborations is probably ‘Walker’s Fox Hunting Atlas’. The Walker’s were part of an extensive family, many of whom were in the map business. John Walker (fl.1813-73) was a brother to Charles Walker (1799?-1872) and in about 1827 they formed the partnership of J. & C. Walker. This large-scale map of Durham is drawn at the scale of three quarters of an inch to a mile. It was first published circa 1839. Two ensuing issues were published in 1840, both dated. On closer examination of the railway lines depicted this example appears to date from circa 1850. The line from Durham to Bishop Auckland shows the proposed route, not the completed one to the west of the River Wear. There are only three earlier large-scale printed maps of the county; the exceedingly rare Christopher Maire of 1711, Andrew Armstrong in 1768 and Christopher Greenwood’s in 1820. This map was published by Thomas Malby (1781-1854) who were largely globemakers and chart publishers for the Admiralty. The map details all of the railways and tram ways. Rodger (1972) 105; Tooley (1986) refer no. DV18; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).
HOBSON, William Colling

This Map of the County Palatine of Durham, is most respectfully dedicated to the Nobility, Clergy, gentry, &c. &c.

Thos. Malby and Son, at the Globe Manufactory Parker Street, Little Queen Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, 1839-[c.50]
790 x 1010 mm., dissected laid on contemporary linen, in full early wash colour, marbled endpapers, with light soiling, publisher’s burgundy calf slipcase with ornate blind panelling and gilt title, light wear, in good condition.
Stock number: 9972
£ 350
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