Bibliotheca Vectensis.


More Gleanings from Isle of Wight History

By Alan Champion.

Ventnor, Isle of Wight.


These extracts are based on my publication, 


A4 with 101 pages of text title pages and portraits..

and the other four  volumes in the series.

You may like to read my account of the writing of volume one.

The preface of volume 1.          



This is the first page of volume 1:

                                                                                         Vectis, 1551-1850.

 1551.    De orbitu doctissimi et Sanctissimi Theologii doct. Mart. Bucrei Regii in Celeberrima Cant Academia  

               apud Anglos publice Sacrarum literarum Praelectoris Epistolae duae etc. Lond.

               Sir John Cheke.

                 R. Wolfius 1551

                 The most illustrious member of the family of  ‘ the Chekes of Mottistone’ ( who originally came from Whippingham )

                was Sir John Cheke,  cousin of Sir Thomas Cheke of  Mottistone..

                He was born in Cambridge on June 16th 1514. He was educated at St John’s College Cambridge and in 1554, became

                Professor of Greek at the University. Milton wrote," He taught Cambridge and  King Edward, Greek." In 1554 he was

                 called to be Tutor to Prince Edward  in Latin and Greek and was knighted by his pupil when he became King Edward VI.

                 King Edward named Lady Jane Gray as his successor and Sir John supported her cause, becoming  Secretary of State for the nine day of her reign. However, Queen Mary sent

                 him to the Tower of London. He obtained a pardon and licence to travel but between Brussels and Antwerp he was seized on the orders of King Phillip II of Spain and sent        

                 back to the Tower of  London. He was given   the option to "turn (to Catholicism)  or burn" and under the threat of cruel torture "he fell" in 1556. He became depressed and

                 died, aged 43, in 1557.

                 See Boucher James *, Letters, Volume 1, pp. 535-9.

                           Checklist no. 1.

          1554.       Description of a Monstrous Chylde born in the Isle of Wight in 1552.

                                       Folio sheet .

                 Checklist no 2.

1556.      Ralph Roister Doister.

        Nicholas Udall, !505-1556 Dramatist and scholar. Headmaster of Eton and Rector of Calbourne 1553.

The first English Comedy. A copy of the 1556 edition was found in 1818 without its title page and is now  in Eton College Library. The play was performed at Eton in 1541 but no copy is extant before 1556.


                                                                         Checklist no. S 3002 ( i.e. Supplement 2 )


1559.       A Complete Survey of the Isle of Wight.

                 Sir Francis Knollys, 1514-1596, Statesman, Governor of Portsmouth 1563.

 This survey was commissioned after the accession of Queen Elizabeth to investigate the distress of the Island. The date is  not certain but it was certainly written “Temp Eliz. I”. A copy was sold with  the   

Earl of  Anglesey’s books. See E. Gould , Anecdotes of British Topography, Checklist No. 173. See also Boucher James, Letters, Volume 1, p. 559.

See also Parker p.179. He gives ‘General Survey of  Th’isle of Wight, 1559’, among the Earl of Dartmouth’s MSS in the William Salt Library at Stafford.

                 Checklist no 3.

1582.      Julius Caesar, a Tragedy. Epilogus Cæsaris Interfecti.

                 Dr  Richard Eades, Chaplain to Queen Elizabeth, Rector of Freshwater, Dean of Worcester,1597.

               “ ye sonne of a clothier who dwelt at ye corner house of ye Beastemarket at Newport “ Oglander

                 Ms. at the Bodleian Library, Oxford. See Boucher James vol.i, p.553.

                 Checklist no. S3.

                          1592.       Albion’s England, containing a history of the first inhabitants of the same, with the chief alterations

                                           and accidents therein happening performed in verse by William Warner

                 William Warner, 1558-1609.

                 The first edition, 1586, ‘Noah to the Norman Conquest’.

                 Completed posthumously in 1612, with mythical and fictitious episodes.

                 Small Quarto, Published by T. Ormin.

                 Checklist no. 4.

1600.       Hampshire in ‘Britannia’.

William Camden,1551-1623, antiquary and historian, travelled around Britain and published the first    

edition of Britannia in 1586.Folio.Also produced in 4to and called ‘Hantshire, in Britannia’, translated newly into English

by Philemon Holland, M.D. Lond. 1637, Folio.

Britannia : or, a Chorographical description of  Great Britain and Ireland, together with adjacent Islands. Written in latin by William Camden;

and translated into English with additions and improvements by Edmund Gibson, D.D., late Lord Bishop of London. London, 1772. folio. 

 Please see link above.

                * Boucher James Rev. E  , Letters Archaeological and Historical, 1896.

2 vols with portraits and maps. Britannia, translated from the edition published by the Author.

Enlarged by the latest discoveries by Richard Gough. London,1789. folio, 3 vols.( see no. 220   below.) Notes from Lowndes, W.T. The Bibliographer`s Manual, 1857. See also Chubb, T, Printed Maps....† 1607 Sixth and last Latin edition and the first with maps. Chubb XVIII

 Checklist no 5.

      1605.       A Catalogue of the Bodleian Library. Catalogus librorum bibliothecae publicae quam vir ornatissi Thomas Bodleius Eques

                        Auratus in Academia Oxoniensi etc.

                 Dr Thomas James of Newport, 1571-1629 was the first librarian of the Bodleian Library, 1602-1620.

                He published Richard de Bury’s  ‘Philobiblon’, in 1599‘,Ecloga Oxonia-Cantabrigiensis’, a catalogue of the manuscipts in Oxford and Cambridge, in 1600 and complete catalogues of the  Bodleian published 1605 and 1620. He was a protestant and son of ‘Marian exiles’, living in Newport, Isle of  Wight. His father lived in the corner house, to the west of the fish market. See Boucher James, Vol.II  p. 12. See also ‘The Bodleian Library in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries’, Ian Phillip,1983. He also wrote an ‘Introduction to the History  of the Island’ in Latin and the manuscript is still at the Bodleian library. See also no. 1076.See Sir Frederick Black, Parliamentary History of the Isle of Wight, pp.9-10  and Boucher James, Letters, for the James family history. *

                Checklist no. S. 11.

1624.       Teares of the Isle of Wight  shed on the Tomb of Henrie, 3rd. Earl of Southampton



                by Rev. W. Jones, Rev. W. Petties, & Rev. A. Price,

              The authors were Island clergymen who collaborated in the writing. It was a lament

                on the death of Henry Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton at Bergen ap Zoom, in the

              Netherlands in 1624 and within a day, that of his son at Rosendaal. They both

              died of ‘fever’.

                                    Part of the ‘Teares of the Isle of Wight’.

                             "But thou accursed Netherland, the stage

                              And common theatre of blood and rage,

                              On thee I'll vent my uncontrolled spleen

                              And stab thee to the heart with my sharp teen .

                              Cursed be thy cheese and butter — all the good

                              That e'er the world received from so much blood -

                               May maggots breed in them until they fly.

                               Away in swarms. May all thy kine go dry

                               Or cast their calves, and when to bull they gad.

                               May they grow wild and all thy bulls run mad."

                                                   Quoted in ‘Shakespeare’s Southampton‘ by A. L. Rowse

               1627          Speed's Small Atlas

                † Chubb, Thomas The Printed Maps in the Atlases of Great Britain and Ireland. A Bibliography, 1579-1870.

               * ‘Queen Elizabeth spoke proudly to Lady Walsingham of  “ her three Nuport men” , Dr John James, her physician,

              Dr Richard Eades, her chaplain (afterwards Dean of Worcester,) and Sir Thomas Fleming, lawyer, afterwards Lord Chief


               See Sir Frederick Black, in ‘ An Outline Sketch of the Parliamentary History of the Isle  of Wight.’ p.10. and Poets of the Wight C.J.Arnell, Ed 1922

                                       There follows a selection of items from  Vectis. Volume 1

                          1646.       Hantshire and Wight Island, from Speed`s History of England .

                described.10 pages with 2 maps. See Dr R.V.Turley`s Bibliography of I.O.W. Maps, reprinted from   the Proc. Hants.  Field Club .* "The Isle of Wight, warm and sunny, a protective bastion

                against storm and invasion."

     John Speed.

                                                      Civil War Pamphlets.      After Davis and  Garle.

      Rev R. G. Davis of Cowes collected his material for an Isle of Wight Bibliography from 1891. Hubert Garle of Billingham annotated the notes and had a type-script made  

      by Jas. B Witham ( typewriter-copyist of Pyle House, Newport) in 1909, which he called 'Bibliotheca Vectensis'.

      The Treaty of Newport

 1649           Εikon Basilikh.   Eikon BasilikeEikon Basilikh.

                                                                                    The Royal Image.

                The Pourtraiture of his Sacred Majesty in his Solitude and Suffering.  M.DC.XVIII.

                                                                      by King Charles I.

                Checklist no. 90.  Wing . 268-312. 

                The first edition was  published on the day King Charles  I was buried , 9th February 1649,

                by the Royalist bookseller, Richard Royston and said to be the work of the King. The authorship

                was later claimed by John Gauden, who was elevated to the Bishopric of Worcester by

                King Charles II.

                Numerous copies were sold illegally and it was reprinted 30 times within the year. Eventually 47 editions  were published,

                but the number of copies is unknown but enormous.

                Some of the later printings were by Samuel Browne  at the Hague in 1651.

                For a comprehensive account of the work and bibliography see F.F.Maden, ‘A New Bibliography of the Eikon Basilike.’1950.

       See also the Preface to the 1876 edition

by David Hume for an analysis of  the authorship controversy and his conclusion on historical and stylistic grounds that it was the work of 

the King.

                The title page is dated 1648 but is from the Hague printing of  1651

                       1648-1651.                  Reliquiæ Carolinæ



The Works of that Great Monarch and Martyr King Charles I both Civil and Sacred, with a short view of the Life and Reign of that most blessed Prince from his Birth to his Buriall.

Printed and published by Sam: Browne, The Hague. 1651. This includes the Eikon Basilke, The Papers which passed between His Majesty and Mr Marshall, Mr Vines Mr Civil and Mr Seaman, Ministers attending  the Commissioners of Parliament at the Treaty at Newport in the Isle of Wight,     An. Dom. 1648.     Concerning Church, Governmernt and Episcopy, as well as The Tryall of Charles   the I, King of England, in    the Great Hall at Westm. Jan. 20. 1648.

                Checklist no 91   Wing .2070-74. See also no. 99 Bishop Sanderson’s De Juremento, seven lectures Concerning the

                 Obligation of Promissary Oathes, said to be translated by Charles I during his time in Carisbrooke

                                                                Basilika. Basilika.

                As above but printed by James Flesher for R.Royston.

                                    Wing . 2075.                             

                                    Wing . 2076. Second Edition.

1648.          1648      Tailor’s Travelles from London to the Isle of Wight,  with his return occasion of his journey.


                          John Taylor, 1580-1653, the Water Poet, started his eccentric career as a Thames waterman.

Quarto, published by the author. London.

He describes Charles I, ‘faith healing’ whilst at Carisbrook

                Checklist no 92. Wing T 520.

 1651    Gondibert: An Heroick Poem.

                            Sir William D’ Avenant.

                                           Written in Cowes when a prisoner. Sir William Davenant, 1606-1668, a godson of Shakespeare

                           and Poet Laureate succeeding Ben Johnson in 1638 was imprisoned in West Cowes Castle from 1650-1652. He was a Royalist and was 

                           captured at sea, on his way to Virginia, by a Cromwellian ship. During his captivity he wrote his famous dramatic poem 'Gondibert'.

(printed) By Tho. Newcomb for John Holden, and are to be sold at his shop at the Sign of the Anchor in the New Exchange, 1651.

                                           Octavo. 600 lines.

                                          Checklist no. 98.Wing D 324. Also published in the same year in  8vo.(12mo.) Wing D 326.


     1653.            1653.  PANSEBEIA. ( Pansebeia ) , Or a View of all Religions in the World.

                                          Alexander Ross, 1591-1654, vicar of Carisbrooke.

                                          By James Young for John Saywell.

                                          Checklist No. S 291  Wing R 1944.

1662.                  1662     Poly-Olbion:  A Bulwark of England.

                                        Michael Drayton.

                                          Michael Drayton,1563-1631.Poet and friend of Shakespeare

                                          A long poetic topography of England, 1622 section about the Island. First ed. 1612.

                                          Printed for M. Lownes, I. Brown, I Helme, I Busbie. Double Page Map including the Isle of Wight


                                                                                The Isle of Wight.


                                “When the pliant muse, with faire and even flight,

                                Betwixt her silver wings is wafted to the Wight,

                                That ile, which, jutting out into the sea so farre,

                                Her offspring traineth  up in exercise of warre,:

                                Those pyrats to put backe that oft  purloine her  trade,

                                Or Spainards or the French, attempting to invade.

                                Of all the Southern iles she holds the highest place,

                                And evermore have been the great’st in Britaine’s grace;

                                Not  one of all her nymphs her sovereign favoureth thus,

                                Imbraced in  the arms of old Oceanus;

                                For none of  her account, so neere her bosom stand,

                                ‘Twixt Penwith’s farthest point, and Goodwin’s queachy sand,

                                Both for her seat and soyle, that’s far before the other,

                                Most justlie may account Great Britain for her mother,

                                A finer fleece than her’s, not Lemster’s  self can boast;

                                Nor Newport for her mart, o’ermatch’t by any coast.

                                To these the gentle south, with kisses smooth and soft,

                                Doth in her bosom breathe, and seems to court her oft;

                                Besides, her little rills, her inlands that doe feed,

                                Which with their lavish streams do furnish everie need;

                                And meades that with their fine soft  grass towels stand,

                                To wipe away the drops and  moisture from her hand;

                                And to the north, betwixt the foreland and the firme,

                                She hath that narrow sea , which we the Solent tearme,

                                Where those rough ireful tides, as in their straits they meet

                                With boystrous  shocks and rores  each other rudely greet,

                                Which fiercelie when they charge, and sadlie make retreat

                                Upon the bulwarkt forts of Hurst and Calshot beat,

                                Then to Southampton runne;which by her stores supplide

                                ( As Portsmouth by her strength ) doth villifie their pride.”


                                Poly-Olbion, Song the Second.


                                           Quoted in Hugh Noyes and put in modern form 

                                          The Isle of Wight Bedside Anthology.p.26.Drayton Cambridge Essays 1857 P.185.

                                          ` Of all the southern isles hath held the highest place,

                                           And ever more hath been the greatest in Britain`s grace.’

                                          See also England`s Historical Epistles For S..Smethwick and R. Cutford.[1665]

                                           Checklist no. S. 9 Wing D 2145*

                                            *Wing's Short Catalogue of Works dating from 1641-1700.

*                              1736           Rumble from Newport to Cowes in the Isle of Wight. Rumble

                William Sharp, Junior.

Printed by  J.Mallett, and sold by the Miss Wises, and Mr Sturch, Booksellers in Newport, and Mr Deacon, in West Cowes, Mr Bradshaw in Portsmouth, Mr Baker, Southampton, and other Booksellers in town and Country.

               Title page:           --------------Ergo utrum

                          Nave ferar magna an parva, ferar unus et idem.


                Oval vignette of the road into Newport opposite the title page

                Che                              cklist no 154.

                     1755       Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon in 1753..

                                          Henry Fielding.

                                          Account of a ‘sojourn in Ryde’  It describes his stay with his hosts the Humphreys ( Francises in his diary)

                                          Another edition in 1907 with introduction and notes by  Austin Dobson gives an account of the early  Bbliography. See

                                          Checklist for details. Many other editions.

                                          Checklist no. 163.

                              1766     Vectis; the Isle of Wight, a poem in 3 cantos.

                Jones, Henry.

                Jones, Henry of Drogheda. He also wrote ‘ The Earl of Essex ‘ and ‘ Kew Garden’.

                Dedicated to Rev. Leonard T. .Jones, of a famous Island family.


                Published by W. Flexney, London.

                                      Checklist no. 172.

                     1755.     Two Views of Carisbrook Castle..

                                          Menageot and Hulet.

Two large coloured plates. See checklist no. 173.Now believed to be 1741. There is another plate in the set called

‘View of the camp in the Isle of Wight’, dated 1841, painted by Augustine Menageot of troops camped at Parkhurst. This is a third in the series.

He was a pupil of Vielle of Paris and his son was Francois Guilliame Menageot

  Checklist no S. 252.

                          1756.       Isle of Wight General Magazine.

                                          Sturch. Given by Parker. Not seen ? Date.

                                          Checklist no. S

                          1757.       Heremitorium Supra Montem de Chale in Insula Vectis.

                                          St. Catherine`s Tower, Chale , I.O.W.


                                          From the Gentleman’s Magazine, 1757, p.176.

                                          Checklist no. S 21.

                          1759      The Castle Builders; or the History of  William Stephens, of the Isle of Wight. Esq. , lately deceased

                A Political Novel, never before published in any Language.

                T. Stephens

                                ‘In every Work, regard the Writer`s end

                                Since None can compass more than they intend.’

                                                                Pope, Essay on Crit. ( icism.)

                 London: Printed for the Author. M DCC LIX.

A account of colonial Georgia. William Stephens, 1671-1753, President of Georgia, 1743-50 M.P.for Newport ,I.O.W. 1702-22.

He published ‘Journal of Proceedings in Georgia.’ from 1737.

                See Boucher James, Letters, vol I, p.649 for an account of the Stephens family in the Isle of Wight.  

                See also ‘William Stephens, Steward and Bailiff of the I.O.W. ,1642’,

                 in Vectis Mag. 1822, 1 (1) pp.    71-6

                 Checklist No. 164

                Second Edition with many additions 1769. Checklist No 176.

1778      A View of the Isle of  Wight, In four letters to a friend.

             Containing not only a Description of the Form and principal Productions,

             but the most authentic and material Articles of its natural , political and commercial History.

             John Sturch.                                            

                          ‘---------------------------------The roving sight,

                                Pursues its pleasing  course o’er neighbouring hills,

                                Of many a different form and different hue,

                                Bright with ripe corn, or green with grass,or dark

                                With clover’s purple bloom.’

                                                                                Scot’s Amwell.

                London: Printed for  W. Goldsmith, No. 24 Pater-noster-Row.    


                There is a map drawn from an original survey by Isaac Taylor. 12mo.  69 pages. and engraved for the publication.

                This book is often described as the first ‘Isle of Wight’ book. The success of this edition

                enabled Sturch to buy a printing press and print the next five editions in Newport. The 7th and last

                edition was printed in London. His son ,William, was an ironmonger in Newport but moved to London.

                John Sturch died 1794, He lived in Newport and was a Congregationalist/ Baptist Minister

                Checklist No. 188.

                                2nd ed. 1781.

                                3rd ed. 1787.

                                4th ed. 1791.Duodecimo. 84 pages.

                                5th ed. 1794.

                                6th ed. (?) 1798.

                                7th ed. 1803. London.  See Turley, Hampshire Bibliogaphies, page 151.

                There was a German edition in 1781, ‘Nachricht von der Insel Wight’., 8vo. published in Leipzig.

                Checklist No. 194.

                There was a limited, facsimile edition, produced in 1979, published by Judge and Stone, The Arcade, Ryde, with 12 water

                colour illustrations by.Peter Leath. It is in 8vo, in green

                 cloth, with a slip case.

                Described as, “The first illustrated edition.”

                Checklist No. 2203.

 1781.      The History of the Isle of Wight.



                 Sir Richard Worsley.

             London, Printed by A. Hamilton; and sold by R. Dodsley, T. Cadell, G. Robinson, R. Faulder and G.  Nichol; Collins

                and Co. Salisbury; and Burdon at Winchester.


                    Royal quarto.274 pages.

               Folded and coloured map sheet map by  John Haywood.

              Title-page as above, with St. Catherine's Tower as a Vignette. Godfrey sc.

                Dedication to the King, (George III.) dated June 4, 1781.


                                                                                   Sir Richard Worsley.


1790.          1790   Tour of the Isle of Wight. The Drawings taken and engraved in Aquatinta.

                 J. Hassell.

                John Hassell, d. 1825, painter and engraver

                London,1790. Dedicated, by permission, to His Royal Highness the Duke of Clarence.

                Published by T. Hookham, New Bond Street. MDCCXC.

                Printed by John Jarvis

                In Two Volumes.

              Demi-octavo,  8¼x5¼. There is also a large paper edition ,     Quarto

                Dedicated to His Royal Highness, The Duke of Clarence.

                Volume 1, 225 pages.

                An engraved Title-page with the Arms of  the Duke of Clarence as a vignette.

                The printed title-page as above. Verso blank.

                Dedication, signed by  T Hookham and dated New Bond Street May 1st. 1790, 2 pages.

                Introduction and errata, 4 pages.

                List of Subscribers, 12 pages.

                Content of the First Volume, 4 pages.

                The Tour, [ b-p 8 ] 224 pages. Seventeen plates, neither  numbered nor described. Views tinted yellow, blue,  pink, or brown.   

                Volume 2, 248 pages.

                Engraved and printed Title-page as in Volume I

                Table of Contents, 6 pages.

                Continuation of the Tour [b -r 4] 248 pages and thirteen plates.

                Illustrations , oval aquatints.

1791. The             1791       Isle of Wight Magazine. Literary Magazine & British Review.

                                          Newport. Printed by J.  Albin.  February-April.


              Checklist no 225.

1794.      A Picture of the Isle of Wight, delineated upon the Spot in the Year 1793

                H. P. W. Wyndham


“________All is here that the whole earth yields,

Variety without end::--------Sweet interchange

Or hill and valley, rivers, woods, stud plains,

Now land, now  sea, and shores with forest crown'd,

Rocks, dens, and caves !  “

Milton.  Paradise Lost, book vii. l .541. and book ix. 1.115.


                Printed by C. Roworth, for J. Egerton, Military Li­brary, Whitehall.


                Title-page as above.                        

                 Preface, v-xii.

                Descriptive Part, [A-T] 146 pages.

                Index, 6 pages.

                  With a sheet Map of the Island, dedicated to the Rt. Hon. Tho­mas Orde Powlett, Governor.

                   ( the samemap as in Albin's History).

                  Henry Penruddocke Wyndham, 1736-1819, topographer.

                                               Checklist no. 238.

                              1794.       Museum Worsleyanum,

                                              Sir Richard Worsley.

              Sir Richard Worsley, 1761-1806, comptroller of His Majesty’s Household, seventh baronet, 

              M. P. Newport, I.O.W. 1774-84, Newtown, I.O.W.1790- 93 and 1796-1801. Governor of the Isle of Wight.,                    

               F.R.S. & F.S.A      Traveller in the Levant 1785-7.

                                1st Ed.

                Published privately by Sir Richard Worsley, with a letter printed on vellum, for private distribution to his friends.

                 Lowndes says that 200 copies of Volume 1 and 100 copies of volume 2 were printed

                Bulmer and Co for the Shakespeare Press 1794

                                 Checklist No.239.

 1795.    The History of the Isle of Wight; Military, Ecclesiastical, Civil , and Natural: To which is added  A View of its Agriculture

                Rev. Richard Warner.

                Editor of  "Hampshire extracted from Domesday Book," and of the  “Antiquitates Culina­riae;" and

                Author of "Topographical Remarks re­lating to Hampshire," and "An Attempt to ascertain the Situation of  the ancient



                                “Tu nimio nec stricta gelu. nec sidere firvens,

                                  Climenti caelo, temperieque places.

                                  Cum pareret Natura parens varioque favore

                                  Divideret dotes omnibus una locis,

                                 Seposuit potiora tibi, matremque professa,

                                 ‘Insula sis felix, plenaque pacis,’ ait.

                                ' Quicquid amat luxus, quicquid desiderat usus,

                                         ‘ Ex te proveniet, vel aliundè tibi’ ”

                Printed for  T. Cadell, Jun.and W. Davies (successor to Mr Cadell ) in the Strand, London; and  T.Baker,Southampton.   


               Octavo. 311 page.

               Index, 17 pages.

               Checklist no. 240.

1795        A New, Correct, and much-improved History of the Isle of Wight, from the earliest times of  authentic Information to the present

              Period  comprehending whatever is curious or  worthy of attention in Natural History, with its Civil, Ecclesiastical, and Military State

              in the various Ages, both ancient and modern.

             The modern History, in a more especial manner, from the topographical arrangement under which it is related, and from the liberal Communications of Gentlemen  of  the Island,

               has peculiar claims to public notice, and demands, from its interesting and important tendency, the most particular regard; so as to render the Work every way far superior

                 to any thing yet published relative to this favourite Spot. 

             To  which is annexed a very Copious Index of the Subjects contained in it: and to the whole is prefixed a new  and very elegant Map of the Island, dedicated by permission

             to the Right Honorable THOMAS  ORDE   POWLETT, Governor of the Island, pur­posely engraved for this Work,

                                        J. Albin, printer of Newport

              Printed by and for J. Albin; and sold in  London by Scatcherd and Whitaker, Booksellers, Ave- Maria-lane; and all the Booksellers.  1795.


              Title-page as above.

              Preface, dated Newport, July 14, 1795, 2 pages.

A Sheet Map of the Isle of Wight, folded, and dedicated to the Governor, as specified in the Title-page,  with a Plan of  Newport at the left corner, drawn by S. Malham,

and engraved by S. Neele, is prefixed.

 Checklist no. 242.

1795.       A Tour to the Isle of Wight  (in 1793 ),

Illustrated with eighty views drawn and engraved in Aqua Tinta.

 Charles Tomkins.

 Charles Tomkins, fl.1779, topographical and antiquarian artst, draughtsman and aquatint engraver.

 In two volumes.


                Printed for 0. Kearsley, Fleet-street. 1796. Quarto.11½ x 9 in.

                My copy is dated 1796. There is also a Tomkin’s Map 1794.

17             1798-9.    THE Annual Hampshire Repository: or, Historical, Economical, and Literary Miscellany:

                 A pro­vincial Work of entirely original Material, comprising all Matters relative to the County,

                 including the Isle of Wight, &c. under the following Heads: County History, Chronicle, Registry, Navy,            

                  Army, Church, Law, Civil and Municipal Affairs, Public Works, Commerce, Schools, State of the Poor, Eco­nomy, Charities, Agriculture,

                 Natural History, Philosophy, and Curiosities ; Antiquities and Topography; Arts and Sciences;

                Letters, Biography, Projects, Miscellanies, Notices to Correspondents,&c. &c.

               In Two Volumes. Volume 1 1799 ( and volume 2 in 1801)

   “ Publica Materies prirati juriserit .” 


      (WINCHESTER:) Printed by Robbins: sold also by him and Bur­don, Winchester;

 Messrs. White, London; and to be had at all Booksellers in the County.

                          Octavo.  No date. 1799 in advertisement below.

            Checklist No 249.

1799.     Vectiana: or a Companion to the Isle of Wight., comprising the History of the Island,

              and local Scenery, as well as the Description of its Objects of Curiosity    

                             John Albin..

                                   With a map

Printed for and sold by J. Albin, Newport, Isle of Wight,

 Con­taining an engraved Title-page, with a vignette View of Carisbrooke Castle.

 Duodecimo, 106 pages, no date, and a po­etical Dedication to the Rt. Hon. ble Lord Fitzharris.

With a Map of the Island, the same as in the Author's History of the Isle of Wight in octavo.

                               2nd ed. 1802 3rd ed.? 1802, 4th ed... 5th.. 6th 1808 ,7th.1811 8th ed..1818.,

                                       9th..1823, 10th 1826., 11thed....12th ed. 1831.

                                         Checklist no. 256.

                       1801.      A Journey from London to the Isle of Wight.

              Thomas Pennant.

                            Two volumes.


               Printed at the Oriental Press, by Wilson and Co. for Edward Harding, No.98, PaIl Mall;

               and sold by West and Hughes, No.40, Paternoster-row. 1801.

              Demy-Quarto. 11¼x 8¾ inches           Cowes Castle. 

1808.    A New Picture of the Isle of Wight, illustrated with thirty-six plates of the most beautiful and  interesting  views throughout the Island,

             imitation of the original sketches; drawn and engraved by William E. Cooke.

   William Edward Cooke, 1777-1853, engraver.

   To which is prefixed an introductory account of the Island and a voyage round its coast.

   “A precious stone set in a silver sea !”

  Printed by W. Wilson, St John’s Square.for Vernor, Hood, and Sharp, 31, Poultry;

     J. Harris, St Pauls Church Yard; W Cooke, 2 Clarence Place, Pentonville,

      Baker and Fletcher, Southampton; and sold by Mills, 1808. Portsmouth.

       Crown quarto 7½x10. London. 1st Ed. 1808.

      117 pages  4to. coloured map. Vernor & Hood.& Sharp.

      Frontispiece (Marina.) opposite the Title page.

       List of Contents. 2 pages , v-vi, with a first list of plates.

        Preface, vii-ix.    Gatcombe House.

1812.   Report on the Medicinal Effects of an Aluminous Chalybeate Spring, lately discovered at Sandrocks, in the

          parish of Chale, in the Isle of Wight

                William Lemprière, M.D., Physician to the Forces at the Army Depot.


                Printed for and by Musson and Taylor, Newport, Isle of Wight, and sold by John Murray, 39 Fleet Street, 27 Jornaville and Fell, New Bond Street and W. & S.Rowdens, Newport.

                   William Lemprière, d. 1834. Traveller and medical writer. He joined the army medical service and wrote books on Morocco and Jamaica. Stationed at the Army Depot at Newport.

.                     2nd.ed. 1820, 3rd.ed. 1827.

                      Checklist No. 319



1816.    A Description of the Principal Picturesque Beauties, Antiquities, and Geological Phoenomena

of The Isle of Wight.

By Sir Henry Englefield , Bart., in VII letters.

With additional observations on the Strata of the Island and their continuation in the adjacent part of Dorsetshire.By Thomas Webster Esq. in XII letters to Sir Henry Englefield.

Illustrated by maps and numerous engravings by W. and G. Cooke from original drawings by Sir H. Englefield and T. Webster..

London: Payne and Foss, 88 Pall Mall. 1816.

   Printed by William Bulmer and Co. Cleveland- Row, St James’s

   Royal Folio, 15¼ x 10¾  238 pages, index and xxvii pages of explanation of the plates.

   Half title, and title page as above.

   Dedication to Mrs Spencer.

   Contents 1 page.

   Preface [a1-3] pp. i.-vi.

  Checklist  no. 250.

1820.                       1820   Vectis Scenery

                                          George Brannon.

                                          Set of five engravings. Nos 2-6 below.

                                          Printed and published in London on November 15th.1820.

                                          See  Dr P.T.Armitage, A Bibliography of  George Brannon’s Vectis Scenery,1820- 5.

                                          Checklist no 366.


1822.           1822  A Tour in the Isle of Wight, in the Autumn of 1820.

                ‘Currente Calamo’.

                 Nomme de Plume of Marguerite Gardiner,1789-1849, Countess of Blessington.


                She also wrote as Margaret Power.( her maiden name ) First married, when she was Capt. Maurice Farmer, d. 1817 15, then married Charles John Gardiner, first Earl Blessington,

                in 1818.

                See ‘ A Memoir of the literary life and correspondence of  the Countess of Blessington, Dr Madden,  1840 and

                The Most Gorgeous Lady Blessington, J Fitzgerald  Molloy, 1896 for biographical details.


                                                                                  TO THE READER

                                   THE Tour  which this volume contains was written without any idea of its ever being perused,

                                  save by the partner of it; but having been lent to a friend, whose partiality to the author led him

                                  to attach a value to it, she was induced to have a few copies distributed among those whom

                                  friendship or acquaintance might render willing to receive a me­morial of the respect and regard of

        THE AUTHOR.

       St. Jamests Square,

                                                                                    July 6th, 1822.

                84 pages

                 Checklist No.373.

1824.       Museum Worsleyanum; or a Collection of Antique Basso relievos,  Bustos, Statues,& Gems, with     Views of  Places in the Levant taken on the Spot in the Years 1785, 6, and 7.

                 Sir Richard Worsley.

                 Engravings by A. Cardon.

                 2nd Edition, 2 volumes, Folio. Green leather

                 In English and Italian, An account of this famous collection.

                 Dedicated to Charles Anderson Pelham, Lord Yarborough by the publisher.

                 Only a few copies sold in this state at 20 guineas each with' Indian’ proof engravings

                 Checklist No. 386.

  1825.      A Picturesque Tour through the Isle of Wight.

               Charles Raye.

                  Illustrated by numerous views.

                London.Printed for the Proprietor BY HOWLETT AND BRIMMER, FRITH, STREET, SOHO

                Oblong quarto, 8 x 11 in.

                24 coloured aquatint plates, without signatures or imprints except nos. 22 and 23 C.Rosenberg sculp.

                Plate 8 is not an aquatint ref. Tooley p.206.

1826.       A Picturesque Illustration of the Isle of Wight.

                George Rowe, 1794-1864, artist and  lithographer.

                Moir, Robert, Cowes.

                Oblong. folio. No text.

                This set of prints is one of the ‘early period’ sets, produced while he lived in Hastings, 1823-31.

                Map: Published 21st September 1822,

                by Ed. Wallis, 42 Skinner Street, Snow Hill,.London.

                and J Hall, Bookseller, Newport.

                20 lithographed plates of the most interesting views in the Island.

1830.        The Influence of Climate in the Prevention and Cure of Chronic Diseases...


                Sir James Clark , M.D., F.R.S.

                Sir James Clark, 1788-1870, Naval Surgeon 1809-15, M.D.Aberdeen, 1817, Practitioner in

                Rome 1819-26 Physician to St George’s Infirmary, London , Court Physician

                The first edition barely mentions the Island but the second extols its virtue. Dr Lampriere of Newport

                brought the district to the notice of Sir James which he included in this edition.

                Another edition, the 3rd. in 1941.

                Checklist no. 679 &  S 43.


                                           Dr James Clark extolled the virtues of the climate of Ventnor

                                           and was influential in the foundation of the new town of Ventnor.

1834.     Picturesque Illustrations of the Isle of Wight.

                Barber. T.

                8vo.  Simpkin Marshall.  London. 1st.ed.1834,2nd.ed.1838 ,3rd.ed. 1845, 4th.ed. 1850, 5th.ed. 1853.

                Title Page:  Vignette of Cowes, T Barber delt.     H.Winkles sculp.

                Preface undated , at 11 Park Place Islington.

                106 pages , Folding map, Jas.. Bingley, sculp. London, Published by Simpkin & Marshall, Stationers Court.

              Index,107-110. Printed by C. Rayner,16 Duke St, Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

1843.       Summer Tour to the Isle of Wight,  including Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester

                The South Western Railway &c.

                Roscoe Thomas. Esq.

                Thomas Roscoe, 1791-1871, author and translator.

                Author of  The Tourist in Italy, France Spain. & Morocco and Wanderings in North and South       Wales.

 .              Vignette of St Catherine’s Lighthouse

              J.& F.Harwood, 26 Fenchurch Street.

                First title page The Tourist: by Thomas Roscoe Esq. The Isle of Wight. Reverse blank.

                Black Gang Chine, Isle of Wight. No. 206. London. J. & F. Harwood, 26 Fenchurch Street.

                opposite the  title page, with a thin paper interleaf.

                Introduction, 1 page List of  plates 1 leaf, both sides.

              Illustrated.Harwood`s folding map.

              Checklist no. 576

1844.      The Isle of Wight Miscellany.

                Hartnall, E. Ed.


                Ebenezer Hartnall. Publisher

                Jan 6th.1844-March 23rd 1844.’Published every Saturday evening at Cross  St., Ryde.’

                Checklist no. 586.

1849.       The Undercliff of the Isle of Wight, its climate, history and natural productions.

                Dr G.A.Martin.

                George Anne Martin, M.D. One of the first doctors in Ventnor. The book is dedicated to Sir James   Clark, Bart., who

               encouraged him  

                to come to the Island .

                Half title as above, Frontispiece The Undercliff, 8vo. 3 fold vertical opposite the title page. Title page with caduceus

                 Medicina Literis.

                Motto Prodece omnibus. London,

                 John  Churchill, Princes Street,              Soho.


                Printer  George Woodfall and Son, Angel Court, Skinner Street. London.opposite dedication.

                Preface b vi-xvii. Signed at Belgrave House Ventnor, Feb. 1849

                Contents under VIII chapters. 366 pages. 

              There follows a selection of items from :

                                                           Vectis Volume 2.         1850-1900. 

1852        A Narrative of the Attempted Escapes of Charles the First from Carisbrooke Castle.

                And of his detention in the Isle of Wight from November 1647 to the seizure of His Person by the Army, at Newport, in

               November, 1648.

                Including the letters from the King to Colonel Titus, now first deciphered and printed from the originals.

                George Hillier,

                George Hillier, 1815-1856, topographer, and Isle of Wight historian.

                See Arnold C. J. ‘George Hillier: An Isle of Wight Antiquary’ , Proc. Hants Field Club Archoelog. Soc. 34,1978,59-63

               for a biography    

               and appraisal,.

                London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, Octavo.334 pages,

                Short Title page ( First six lines ) opposite front end paper.

                Title page as shown with Charles the First, Letters of the King, and the publishers name and address in          Red.

                Imprinted by Harrison & Son, at the London Gazette Office in St Martin’s Lane, on reverse of title page.

                Dedication. To Edward  S. Dendy, Esq., Rouge Dragon Pursuivant of Arms and Earl Marshal’s  Secretary,this volume is

                inscribed by the

                author, (on a page marked b.)

                Introduction p. (  on a page marked b2 ) v-xii.signed George Hillier , London,August 1852.

                Contents to face  p. xii.

                A plan of Carisbrook Castle in 1648 to face p,1

                Page 1 Heading of title in 5 lines, Chapter 1.

                Abstract of the Treaty of Newport p.265.

                Appendix containing instructions to Captain Titus  at various times from King Charles the Second                and  Queen

               Henrietta Maria

                Errata opposite p.334.

                Imprinted  by Harrison and Son, at the London Gazette Office in St Martin’s Lane again to face back end        paper.

                Checklist No.714..

1853.         Barber's Picturesque Illustrations of the Isle of Wight.

                 F. Barber.

                Dedicated to Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen. Engraved from original Drawings.

                 Accompanied by historical and topographical Description

                                   Engraved title, (vignette: Cowes); preface, I leaf; pp 1-110. 8vo. 1846.

1854.       Geological Excursion round the Isle of Wight and the adjacent  coast of Dorset shire; illustrative of the       

                interesting Geological Phenomena and Organic Remains.

                3rd ed.

                Gideon Algernon Mantell.

                Henry G. Bohn. York Street, Covent Garden.

                Printed by Petter & Galpin, Playhouse Yard, London.

                356 pages. Half title page, title page with vignette of a fossil lobster from Atherfield, and a quotation from Scott’s The

                Surgeon’s Daughter.

                Dedication to Prince Albert.

                Pages vii-xxiv, preface to the 3rd edition. Pages xxv-xxvi advertisement to the second edition, 1850.

                Contents pp. xxvii-xxx, list of linographs pp. xxx-xxxi,

1855.       Topography of the Isle of Wight: A Useful and Comprehensive Guide to its Beauties and Antiquities. To which is

               appended, A Voyage round the Island.

                 George Hillier.

                Ryde; H.R. Holloway, and all Booksellers

                Title page with a vignette of the Needles.

                Preface to the 5th. edition.

                Printed by Adams and Gee, Middle Street, Cloth Fair, Smithfield.

                Duodecimo. 106 pages. Excursion round the Island pp.94-95.Tours of the Island pp.96-98.

                List of Hotels and Inns pp 99-100. Seats and parochial residences pp.101-102. Table of Distances p. 103.        

               Chart of weather p.104. Population in 1851, p.105. Miscellaneous information p. 106.

1856.      Church of St Thomas, Newport and Elisabeth Stuart The Prisoner of Carisbrooke.

                Samuel Benoni Beal.

                London: Dalton, Booksellers to Her Majesty, Cockspur Street.

                Etheridge, High Street, Newport.  Briddon, Cross Street, Ryde.

                Plates. Plate 1 Church of St Thomas, Newport. Inprinted : W. Dickes, Old Fish St. London.

                 Plate 2 The Tomb of Princes Elisabeth .       8vo.

                In three parts 1 St Thomas Church.

                                        2 Elizabeth Stuart, The Princess of Carisbrooke. A poem.

                                        3 Historic Summary. ( of the Princess.     

                Checklist no. 769.

1856.       Flora Vectensis, a  systematic description of the Phænogamous or Flowering Plants and Ferns of the Isle of                


                William Arnold Bromfield. M. D., F.L.S., F.B.S.L.& E.

                Edited by Sir William Jackson Hooker and Thomas Bell Salter. Published after the author’s death.

                Octavo. With a map in Case. 678 pages.

                London.  Some in 2 volumes.

                Frontispiece, a portrait of Dr Arnold Bromfield signed in facsimile, drawn by Miss Knowles,

                and  engraved ‘on stone’ by P.J. Lane, A.R.A.

                William Pamplin, 45 Frith Street, Soho.

                Checklist no. 770.

1856.       The History, Topography and Antiquities of the Isle of Wight.

                W. H. Davenport Adams,.

                `The Garden Isle` Frontispiece. Part I The History of the Island.

                                                           Part II The Topography of the Island, by  Davenport Adams.

                                                           Part III The Antiquities of the Island by Rev. E. Kell.

                                                            Part IV The Natural History of the Island,      Chapter 1 Zoology by Rev C. Bury.

                                                                                                                          Chapter 2 Geology by E.P. Wilkins.

           30 illustrations.

                London: Smith Elder and Co., 65 Cornhill.

                Ryde: James Briddon.

                All the plates imprinted: ‘Published in 1856 by J. Briddon, Ryde’.

                2nd ed. in 1862.

                Checklist no. 772.

1856.       The History and Antiquities of the Isle of Wight.

                George Hillier.

                This date is sometimes given for this work. George Hillier began canvassing for subscribers for his ‘History’ at this date,

                 but support was limited, and the first part did not appear until 1860. See No. 837.

1860-61.      The History and Antiquities of the Isle of Wight.

                George Hillier.

                George Hillier, 1815-1856, topographer, and Isle of Wight historian. See Arnold C. J. ‘George Hillier: An Isle of Wight

                Antiquary’ , Proc. Hants Field Club Archaeol.. Soc.

                34,1978,59-63 for a biographical note


                George Hillier. Author of “ A narrative of the Detention of  Charles the first in the Isle of Wight.

                “ The History of Arundel Castle.”

                Printed for the Subscribers only; and not published.

                Hillier intended to present this work to subscribers, in parts. These were to be in 3 volumes in Royal Quarto.

                The Advertisement below indicates his plans:

                                                IN THREE VOLUMES ROYAL QUARTO-FOR SUBSCRIBERS ONLY.

               Checklist no. 837.

1864.       Annals of the Poor.

                Rev. Legh Richmond.

                London. other eds 1869,1872,1874,etc.

                Checklist no. 876.

1878.       The Last Four Days of the Eurydice.

                Capt. E. H. Verney, R. N.

                Portsmouth Griffin & Co., 2 The Hard,

                London Simpkin Marshall.

                Plate of H.M.S. Eurydice opposite the Title page.

                Appendix : Officers and Crew and ‘Sorrow on the Sea’, a poem.

                67 pages.

                Checklist no. S  91.

1883.       Retrospections: Social and Archaeological.

                Roach Smith Charles.


                8vo. George Bell & Sons, York Street, Covent Garden.

                3 vols. First volume 1883.Frontispiece, plaque in marble of Charles Roach Smith, by Fontana

                                                             Saxon remains at Chessell, pp.227-9.

                                                             Public dinner, Newport, pp.230-31

                                                             Conversazione at Ryde, pp.232-3.

                           Second volume.1886. Frontispiece, Landguard Manor House, School House, Brading and Arreton Manor House.

                                                                    Anecdotes of Arreton, pp.12-14.

                           Third volume. 1891. Frontispiece, engraving of Charles Roach Smith.

                Checklist no. 1121.

   1888. The Oglander Memoirs. Extracts from the manuscripts of Sir John Oglander. 1595- 1648.

                                    Long. W.H.

                                    4to., Reeves & Turner.

                Checklist   no. 1175.


1936. A Royalist’s Handbook: The Commonplace Book of Sir John Oglander, Kt. of Nunwell.

                                    Born 1585 Died 1655

                                    Francis Bamford.. Ed.

                                    London: Constable & Co. Ltd.. 8vo.

                                     Introduction by Brigadier-General C. F. Aspinall- Oglander,. C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O.

1891.       Architectural Antiquities of the Isle of Wight. From the XI th Century to the XVII th.Century inclusive.

                Percy Goddard Stone. F. R. I. B .A.

                 Published by the Author at 16 Great Marlborough St., London, W


                Dedicated to Queen Victoria.

                Part 1 The East Medine. 131 pages. Prefatory chapter notes p. 91-131.

                Part II The West Medine. 186 pages Notes pp.145-186. Appendix pp.187-198. Index pp.199-206.

                List of subscribers p. v-vi. List of plates, vii-xiii. Addenda and Corrigenda, p. xiv.

               Checklist no. 1213


           From Vectis 3. 1901-1950.

               1900.       The Heraldic Bearings of the Families and Residents of Isle of Wight,

                As borne by their Ancestors.

                H. Dennett Cole.

                “The Glory of  the Children are Their Fathers”

                ? exact date. Issued in parts and only 3 parts issued.

                Checklist no.  1295.



see also: under construction


Vectis 4. 1951-1998.

1957.       The Governorship of the Isle of Wight.

                 A special exhibition.

                Carisbrooke Castle Museum.

                Catalogue and Guide.

                Checklist no. 1819.


Vectis 5. Maps and prints.


                        This chronological list of Isle of Wight maps has grown from my notes on these maps made over the last  30 years and has been extended and supplemented from the works in the bibliography and my visits to locations where Isle of  Wight items are on view.   Dr R. Turley has been most helpful and without his work* the list would have been impossible .   The present list includes some of the Hampshire maps and charts excluded by Dr. Turley.  Maps in Hampshire and Isle of Wight books are both informative, beautiful and collected and in my view worthy of a listing. Old charts are also included because of their interest and value to students. The list seems comprehensive but is almost certainly incomplete. I should value any information about the subject that has been omitted . I regard this work, with my list and database of Isle of Wight Prints,  as a fifth volume of  ‘Vectis; A Bibliographical Catalogue of Isle of Wight Books and other printed material with Isle of Wight References. 1551-1995’ †


                                                                                                                                          Alan Champion.Ventnor


* Raymond V. Turley: Printed County Maps of the Isle of Wight, 1500-1870: A check-list and guide for    Students (and Collectors ) by. Proc Hants. Field  Club Archeol. Soc. 31, 1974,53-64.

† © Dr Alan Champion. 1997-1999.


                                     As I was completing my Isle of Wight Bibliography , a friend suggested that the information in the early volumes about Isle of Wight topographical prints and their collation would be valuable in a separate volume,

perhaps with  further information about the artists, and engravers, together with information about other Island prints which were sometimes issued separately.

                             The present work is the result of that suggestion. It has been produced by extracting the entry of the book in the bibliography and adding biographical details of artists and engravers,

                                                          keeping the entries in chronological sequence where possible.. Reference to the specialist books on prints resulted in more detail becoming available to me. The study of the Isle of Wight

 prints that are available convinces me of their artistic merit as well as being a valuable source for local history and it is hoped that this work will aid identification and research.

                                          I am indebted to Robin McInnes for his valuable work for the Island in his presentation of  exhibitions and books on paintings and prints.

                                         Dr Raymond Turley has been a great stimulus to my interest both in his enthusiasm for the Island and its art and his erudition, which he has shared.

                                         Theresa and Nigel Traylen of Ventnor Rare Books have been generous in allowing my use of their reference library and sourcing some of my material.

                                         I should also pay tribute to Dr Fred Laurence and his wife, Lottë,  for their interest in my work, and their encouragement.

                                       The chronological list has been supplemented by a print-out of an Access ™, Microsoft, database, which can be used to find particular prints and their details and used to run Queries and Reports.

                                        These are dynasets,  or lists, of information extracted from the data.



The Journal of the College of General Practitioners. No. 61,  March. 1967. Exfoliative Vaginal Cytology: The Role of the General Practitioner. Alan Champion

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