Person NameJohn Bartholomew and Son Ltd; 1826-; mapmakers
ActivityThe firm of John Bartholomew and Son had its origins in the map engraving and publishing business established in Edinburgh in 1826 by John Bartholomew (1805-1861). The business was carried on by his son, John Bartholomew (1831-1893), and developed by this John's elder son, John George (1860-1929), who took over the management of the firm in 1888. John George's innovations included the formation of a partnership with the publisher Thomas Nelson, who became a director of Bartholomew's, the adoption of 'The Edinburgh Geographical Institute' as an alternative name for the company, and, in cartography, the introduction of colour shading for contours. Under John George the firm published atlases of Scotland, 1895, and England and Wales, 1903, which became standard reference works. The large-volume publication of railway and road maps in a time of significant growth in travel and tourism brought great prosperity to the company. John Bartholomew (1908-1962), John George's son, began another productive enterprise with the publication of the 'Times Atlas of the World' for the first time in 1922. This atlas and the famous ‘half-inch’ (later 1:100,000) map series covering the whole of Britain were to emerge as perhaps the company's most enduringly successful products. The company merged with the theological publishers T. & T. Clark in 1973. John C. Bartholomew, grandson of John G., was the last of the line to retain ownership of the company, which was sold to Reader's Digest in 1980. Bartholomew's was sold on to News International, a subsidiary of NewsCorp., in 1985, and was subsequently placed within that organization's Harper Collins publishing division. In 1995 the company left its works on Duncan Street in Newington, Edinburgh, and moved to Harper Collins's premises at Bishopbriggs. Now known simply as Bartholomew, the company operates within Collins Bartholomew Ltd as its cartographic division. It continues to publish a wide range of maps and atlases, and also offers bespoke mapping services. The London-based streetmap publishing concern Geographia was acquired by Bartholomew in 1985, shortly after the latter's purchase by News International.
Corporate NameJohn Bartholomew and Son Ltd
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