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Philips’ Wayabout Map No.3 – Canterbury – 1931

  • Author: Spencer Hoffman, George
  • Publisher: George Philip & Son Ltd, London
  • Date: 1931
  • Dimensions: sheet: 53.5 x 42 cms


1931 pictorial map of the City of Canterbury designed by architect George Spencer Hoffman, the last of “Wayabout” series maps

About this piece:

Cover title: Philips’ “Wayabout” Map No.3 – A Pictorial Map of Canterbury by G Spencer Hoffman, M. A. London, George Philip & Son, Ltd, 32 Fleet Street, E.C.4 – Liverpool: Philip, Son & Nephew, Ltd, 20 Church Street. Price One Shilling & Threepence

Map title: Canterbury

Sheet: 53.5 x 42 cms. Uncoloured black & white map, folding down into original brown card covers, with black printed title & additional details to front & inner cover. Back cover with additional list of Philips’ “Maps for Tourists”. Covers very slightly creased & browned at extremities. Map in good clean condition. Short tear at fold end left centre in blank margins only where adhered & bound in to card covers. In all a fine & attractive example.

The third and last of George Spencer Hoffman’s three Pictorial “Wayabout” Maps, commissioned by London map publishers, George Philip & Son, between about 1929 and 1931 and depicting the historic City of Canterbury from an attractive & striking bird’s eye perspective.

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

Spencer Hoffman had already produced a similar pictorial maps of Cambridge and Oxford between about 1929 and 1930 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.

Examples of any of the three maps are now quite scarce and only infrequently seen offered on the market.

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