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Carr reported in his History of the QTP (1987) that he had issued three maps of Northamptonshire but six, perhaps seven, may exist. Carr sent his first map of Northamptonshire to the British Library which was accessioned in January 1966, so the map had probably been designed in 1965.


(Last updated on 7/12/2020)



MAP-NORTHA1: First edition

Publisher J.L. Carr, 27 Mill Dale Road, Kettering

Year: 1965

ISBN: none

Limitation: no limitation

Size: 523 x 193 mm

Paper: textured wove

Price: 2/6d (written in Carr's hand on proof in British Library)

Signed: no

Proofs where: British Library

Notes: This map is what Carr described as a 'longsheet', because of its shape. At the base is written: Travellers are warned that the use of this map for navigation will be disastrous.

Kettering is in the middle of the map, with Newton in the Willows immediately above. Carr tried to save the Church in this village from demolition.


Image of map

Longsheet





MAP-NORTHA3: Second edition

Publisher: J.L. Carr, 27 Mill Dale Road, Kettering

Year: 1975

ISBN: 0900847468

Limitation: 550 sheets

Size: 583 x 417 mm (size of proof sheet)

Signed: not seen

Proofs where: AH (proof)

Notes: This map has the same limitation as the second edition and is almost the same in design except the base shows carvings on the 13th century west doorway at Higham Ferrers and the four sides of East Hadden font and the shield above the running horse on the left has been replaced by five figures, probably brass rubbings.

This map is taken to be the second edition as it is reproduced in miniature in red and black ink on yellow paper inside the cover of the last issue of The Northants Campaigner, published in 1970.


Image of map

Proof map


Photo of limitation

Detail of limitation on proof map




MAP-NORTHA2: Third edition

Publisher: J.L. Carr, 27 Mill Dale Road, Kettering

Year: 1970

ISBN: 0900847123

Limitation: 550 sheets

Size: 580 x 415 mm

Signed: not seen

Proofs where: Kettering Public Library (proof)

Notes: The dimensions are of a proof of this map. The image to the left was seen on the internet.


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Image of map (click to enlarge)





MAP-NORTHA4: Fourth edition

Publisher: J.L. Carr, 27 Mill Dale Road, Kettering

Year: 1976

ISBN: no

Limitation: 776 sheets

Size: 621 x 417 mm

Signed: below dedicated to left

Proofs where: AH (two maps)

Notes: The map is also similar to the second edition (if that is correct) except the base shows a quotation from Benjamin Franklin, the arms of the family of Washington to the left, and a brass rubbing of George Catesby to the right. The rest of the map is the same. The sheilds are coloured by hand and may vary in colours between sheets. The map is dedicated: To the forefathers of George Washington, Ben Franklin & John & John Q. Adams of Sulgrave, Ecton and Flore in this county.


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Image of map (click to enlarge)


Photo of limitation

Detail of limitation (click to enlarge)




MAP-NORTHA5: Fifth edition

Publisher: J.L. Carr, 27 Mill Dale Road, Kettering

Year: 1978

ISBN: no

Limitation: 978 sheets

Size: xxx x xxx mm

Signed: not seen

Proofs where: Kettering Public Library (proof)

Notes: Thanks to Tim Dean for the photograph of the map.


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Image of map (click to enlarge)


Photo of limitation

Detail of limitation (click to enlarge)





MAP-NORTHA6: Sixth edition

Publisher J.L. Carr, 27 Mill Dale Road, Kettering

Year: 1980

ISBN: no

Limitation: 980 sheets

Size: xxx x xxx mm

Signed: not seen

Proofs where:

Notes: This map celebrates Northamptonshire's splendid buildings, the unknown masons who built them.


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Image of map (click to enlarge)


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Detail of limitation (click to enlarge)





MAP-NORTHA7: Seventh edition

Publisher J.L. Carr, 27 Mill Dale Road, Kettering

Year: 1987

ISBN: no

Limitation: unknown

Size: 570 x 380 mm

Signed: no

Proofs where: Northampton County Record Office

Notes: The map is illustrated here.

In the lower right corner is a donation proforma to raise money for parishes that had repair bills.