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Philips’ Wayabout Maps No.1 – Cambridge – 1929

  • Author: Spencer Hoffman, George
  • Publisher: George Philip & Son Ltd, London
  • Date: c1929
  • Dimensions: shee: 53.5 x 42 cms


1929 pictorial map of the City of Cambridge designed by architect George Spencer Hoffman, one of the “Wayabout” series

About this piece:

Cover title: Philips’ “Wayabout” Maps No.1 Herein is a Pictorial Map Shewing the way about Cambridge. Prepared and Drawn by G Spencer Hoffman, M. A (Cantab.). Price One Shilling. London George Philip & Son, Ltd, 32 Fleet Street, E.C.4 – Liverpool: Philip, Son & Nephew, Ltd, 20 Church Street

Map title: Cambridge

Sheet: 53.5 x 42 cms. Colour-printed map, folding down into grey card covers, with red printed title & additional details to front & inner cover, with two overpasted labels updating the respective prices of the “Wayabout” map series. Back cover with additional list of Philips’ “Maps for Tourists”. Covers very slightly foxed. Map in excellent clean condition, bright colours and with no tears nor any visible wear /splits to folds. In all a very fine & attractive example.

The first of George Spencer Hoffman’s Pictorial “Wayabout” Maps, commissioned by London map publishers, George Philip & Son, in about 1929 and depicting the City of Cambridge from an attractive & striking bird’s eye perspective.

The principal landmarks, colleges and buildings of the City are referenced to an annotated key.

Spencer Hoffman would produce a second pictorial map of Oxford and a third of Canterbury under the same “Wayabout” title and using a similarly imaginative bird’s eye perspective over the next couple of years. Further maps in the series appear to have been planned but clearly never got beyond the drawing board.

The fact that this example has overpasted labels updating the maps’ prices on both the front and inner covers would suggest that this is probably an early 1930s edition. It also suggests that the “Wayabout” series had proved both popular & relatively long-lived.

To find out more about the mapmaker, George Spencer Hoffman [1875-1950] , and his work read our latest blog post:

George Spencer Hoffman [1875-1950]: a forgotten genius of pictorial mapping