“Geographia” Pictorial Map of the Thames and Medway Valleys


Large, colorful folding map of the Thames and Medway Rivers in Britain published shortly after the end of WWI.

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This pocket map vibrantly illustrates the course of the Thames River between Cirencester and the North Sea. Various components of the United Kingdom’s second longest river (after the River Severn) are labeled within the waterway, while either bank is filled with stylized depictions of urban centers, local landmarks, and the English countryside.

Of particular note is London, whose density is punctuated by a handful of parks and bridges; the most famous of which is used as the starting point for the mile numbers in the river. Railways are noted with hashed lines, and regional topography is shown pictorially. An inset in the lower third of the sheet shows the approach of the River Medway, before emptying into the Thames Estuary.

The map was designed by Alexander Gross and published in London by Geographia around 1919. The date is estimated, but text on the back cover describing the forthcoming publication of a ‘Victory Atlas’ gives a strong indication.

Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1919

Author: Alexander Gross

Sheet Width (in): 8.50

Sheet Height (in): 59.00

Condition: B

Condition Description: Two sheets attached and originally folded into 16 segments. Former separation near the top has been repaired with old cellophane tape, and there is moderate spotting in several areas throughout the image. Small holes at fold intersections, and an uneven left edge near the top of the upper sheet. Original paper wrappers are attached, but soiled and wormed around the edges.


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