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Map, England, Pictorial, Booklovers’ Map of the British Isles, Paul Paine, Vintage Print, 1927


Paul Mayo Paine (1869-1955) (after)
The Booklovers’ Map of the British Isles
R.R. Bowker, Co., New York: 1927
Color process print
27.25 x 20.25 inches, image to lined border
30 x 23 inches, overall

Map of the British Isles — England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland — showing literary landmarks related to both authors and their works. A small portion of France across the English Channel is also included. The map is decorated with small rectangular line illustrations in both color and black and white such as “The Compleat Angler” with his fishing gear, Sherwood Forest, and a church in York labeled “Here Wilfred & Rowena were married.” Off the coast of Normandy an illustration of a ship is labeled “Virginia Woolf’s Voyage Out.” Cartography is simple, with the borders of Scotland and Ireland highlighted yellow and green respectively and county boundaries indicated by dotted lines. There are two small inset street maps of parts of London and Edinburgh. The British Coat of Arms decorates the upper left corner. A simple blue border contains yellow text in block letters reading, “‘How small the map of Britain is on paper and yet how packed with fancies.'”

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Paul Mayo Paine (who typically signed his maps Paul M. Paine) designed or co-designed several pictorial maps during the 1920s and 1930s. He served as a librarian at the Syracuse [New York] Public Library from at least 1919 to at least 1931, and was active in the American Library Association. His maps reflected his occupation as a librarian, with either literary or historical themes: Map of Adventures (1925), The Booklovers Map of the British Isles(1927),A Map of the History of New York State(1928),Map of Great Adventures (1928), Map of the History of Pennsylvania (1931) andThe Booklovers Map of America(1939). He also collaborated with Grace Raymond Hebard on Map of the History and Romance of Wyoming (1928).

R.R. Bowker Co. was founded in 1872 and today is the official U.S. ISBN Agency, as well as a major publisher of reference books and directories. The company published various pictorial maps in the mid 20th century, including ones by Paul. M. Paine and Amy Jones.

Full publication information: Copyright 1927 Paul M. Paine. R.R. Bowker Co. 62 W. 45th St. New York N.Y.

Condition: Generally very good, recently professionally cleaned and deacidified with only minor remaining toning and wear; few short marginal tears and chips professionally restored.


Paine, Paul M. “The Use of Print — Its Advocates in Conference.”The Library Journal.August 1919. p. 407. Online atGoogle Books: (9 June 2010).

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20th Century