Welcome to the Website of Roderick M Barron, private antiquarian map dealers.

We are based in Sevenoaks in Kent, 20 miles south east of London.

We have been involved in the antiquarian map trade for over 28 years. Our business was first established in 1989.

We are a member of  the English Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (ABA); the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB); the International Society for the History of the Map (ISHM) and the International Map Collectors' Society (IMCoS).

We are also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS).

Please feel free to contact us with any specific questions or inquiries - we would be delighted to hear from you.




After 25 years in business as an antique map dealer and marking this important Centenary year, we are delighted to announce our forthcoming Exhibition of Satirical and Propaganda Maps of the First World War, The Dogs of War Unleashed, to be held at the Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU, from Wednesday November 26th to Saturday November 29th 2014.

"The Dogs of War are loose in Europe, and a nice noise they are making...", so begins the accompanying "Note" of popular Punch columnist and dog-loving author, Walter Emanuel [1869-1915] for Johnson Riddle & Co's cartoon map of the European War in late 1914, entitled "Hark! Hark! The Dogs do bark!".

Belying the actual realities of the military situation on the Continent at the time, Emanuel's map depicts the European combatants in stereotypical canine guise, including the sturdy British bulldog, the dandified French poodle, and the pickelhaubed German dachshund, its nose caught in the vice-like jaws of the advancing British bulldog. In the East, the Russian Tsar sits at the wheel of a massive Russian steamroller with Russian bears & cossack cavalrymen in close attendance, the war machine advancing erratically at great speed, crushing all in its path.

It is a chance coincidence that it will be exactly 100 years ago to the month since Emanuel's wonderful map first rolled off the presses of the South London printers, Johnson Riddle & Co, in November 1914.

Originally offered for sale for a price of 1 shilling, it was published and sold through the well-known London book and map sellers, G W Bacon & Co, of 127 Strand.

By another curious coincidence, the original 1914 Printing Works of Johnson Riddle & Co were to be found just a stone's throw from the present Menier Gallery, at No.32 Southwark Bridge Road, at its juncture with Sumner Street.

So it seems fitting indeed to be holding this Exhibition on such a well-timed Centenary and at such an appropriate location.

The Exhibition will showcase one of the finest selections of comic and satirical maps of the 1914-18 period to have been offered for sale in recent years, as well as map-related propaganda posters, postcards, puzzles, games & ephemera.

Admission is free and the full details & opening times are provided in the notice above.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions or require any additional details.

Information about the Exhibition may also be found at: www.meniergallery.co.uk

We hope that you will have the chance to visit us at the Menier Gallery next month and greatly look forward to welcoming you there.

Roderick M Barron



Some Recent Acquisitions

Zacharie de Lisieux's scarce allegorical map of the Jansenist Heresy,1660

Price: £ Inquire

Zacharie de Lisieux's scarce allegorical map of the Jansenist Heresy,1660


A rare late 17th Century English edition of Mlle de Scudery's famous map of the "Pays du Tendre"

Price: £ Inquire

An extremely rare late 17th Century English edition of Madeleine de Scudery's famous map of the Pays du Tendre [London 1678]


Christoph Weigel's rare portrait of soldier & satirist, Johann Andreas von Schnebelin

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Christoph Weigel's rare early 18th Century portrait of Imperial Field Marshall, Johann Andreas von Schnebelin [d.1705], author of the famous satirical work on Schlarraffenland


Seutter Map of the Assault of Love c1730

Price: £ Inquire

Second example of Matthaeus Seutter’s splendid allegorical map depicting the romantic Assaults of Love on the besieged Citadel of Man


Exceedingly scarce miniature edition of Anna Laetitia Barbauld's "new" Map of Matrimony, engraved by Joseph Ellis 1772

Price: £ Inquire

The exceedingly rare miniature edition of Anna Laetitia Barbauld's "new" map of Matrimony, one of two versions of this map engraved by Joseph Ellis and published by influential London bookseller Joseph Johnson in August 1772.


Carl Nyrén's scarce Swedish translation of von Schnebelin's description of Schlarraffenland [Stockholm 1789] illustrated with a fine folding map

Price: £ Inquire

Exceedingly scarce late 18th Century Swedish translation of Von Schnebelin by Carl Nyrén [Stockholm, 1789] illustrated with a fine large-scale folding map of Schlarraffenland


John Wallis' jigsaw map Pilgrim's Progress 1790

Price: £ Inquire

John Wallis' exceptionally rare jigsaw map of "Pilgrim's Progress", also the first ever cartographic representation of John Bunyan's   popular allegorical work, over a century after it was first published in 1678.


Darton & Harvey's rare 1794 map of the Various Paths of Life

Price: £ Inquire

An extremely rare allegorical map depicting the various Paths of Life, probably after a design by the prominent American-born Quaker preacher, George Dillwyn [1738-1821]


A scarce imaginary map of early 19th Century Oxford student life

Price: £ Inquire

Joseph Vincent's unusual and exceptionally uncommon imaginary map of early 19th Century academic life at Oxford University.


Samuel Fores' exceedingly rare Regency chart of the Voyage of Matrimony

Price: £ Inquire

Printseller Samuel Fores' exceedingly rare Regency chart of The Voyage of Matrimony, A Study for Youth, London 1826.


Allegorical French manuscript map of "Presqu'ile de la Perfection" c1850-60

Price: £ Inquire

A spectacular mid-19th Century masterpiece of French cartographic design, penmanship and calligraphy - a instructional allegorical map, a Catholic "carte du tendre" entitled Presqu'ile de la Perfection.


G S Beeching Map of Matrimony c1880

Price: £ Inquire

A second example of this fine late Victorian map of Matrimony by George Skaife Beeching, published in London about 1880.


Alphons Woelfle's German Map of "Bücherland" - The Land of Books [1938]

Price: £ Inquire

German illustrator, Alphons Woelfle's wonderful imaginary map of The land of Books, Bücherland, published in Munich in 1938


German artist Hermann Hüffert's scarce 1964 New Year's Greetings card in the form of an imaginary chart of the Sea of Life

Price: £ Inquire

German artist and illustrator Hermann Hüffert's scarce 1964 New Year Card in the form of an imaginary map of the Sea of Life.


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