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Philips’ Wayabout Maps No.2 – Oxford – c1929-30

  • Author: Spencer Hoffman, George
  • Publisher: George Philip & Son Ltd, London
  • Date: c1929-30
  • Dimensions: shee: 53.5 x 42 cms


Circa 1929-30 pictorial map of the City of Oxford designed by architect George Spencer Hoffman, one of the “Wayabout” series

About this piece:

Cover title: Philips’ “Wayabout” Maps No.2 Herein is a Pictorial Map Shewing the way about Oxford. 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: Oxford

Sheet: 53.5 x 42 cms. Colour-printed map, with accompanying original brown card covers, with black printed title & additional details to front & inner cover, with one overpasted label to front cover updating the price of the map. Back cover with additional list of Philips’ “Maps for Tourists”. Covers very slightly creased & foxed with some splitting to upper section of fold. Map in good clean condition & bright colours. The map now completely detached & separated from covers and flattened and backed with archival tissue for better preservation & presentation. In all a fine & attractive example.

The second of George Spencer Hoffman’s Pictorial “Wayabout” Maps, commissioned by London map publishers, George Philip & Son, in about 1929-30 and depicting the City of Oxford 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 had already produced a similar pictorial map of Cambridge and would design a third of Canterbury in about 1931 under the same “Wayabout” title and using a similarly imaginative bird’s eye perspective. Further maps in the series appear to have been planned but clearly never got beyond the drawing board.

The fact that this example has an overpasted label updating the map’s price 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