Bird’s-Eye View of the OUSE


“The River Ouse, that mud-stained torrent, which owns neither mouth nor source, has always played a prominent part in the country’s history from the earliest times.” [From the introduction]

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This spectacular bird’s eye view shows the course of the River Ouse between the mouth of the River Humber and the continuation into the River Ure in England. Towns, ferries, and assorted landmark are individually labeled throughout the image while either bank is filled with depictions of villages, churches, transportation routes and more. York, with its four bridges, is richly illustrated. The river is shown filled with a variety of maritime traffic; from large square rigged tall ships (improbable) to industrious river steamers.

Accompanying the map is a 46 page guidebook which provides an amusing account of the river’s history, industrial activity, leisure opportunities, and other miscellaneous details. The guidebook was authored by Tom Bradley and published in Leeds by the Yorkshire Post in 1891.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1891

Author: The Yorkshire Weekly Post

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Condition: B+

Condition Description: Folding strip map measuring approximately 4" x 49", affixed to the front cover of a guidebook (detached, but present). Creasing and moderate wear along horizontal fold lines, including a bit of discoloration in the center, but very good overall. The back cover includes the accompanying 46 pp. guidebook (4.75" x 7") and has rusted stapled bindings. A map of the Yorkshire Rivers can be seen on the back.


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