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Date: Jan 30 8:53 AM, 2019
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Your guess is as good as mine. But given that it's got VCM under the compass whereas the detailed earlier map hasn't and both compasses broadly look the same perhaps indicating Vincent's trade mark would seem to make it officially recognised by WG himself, as he wouldn't have done it otherwise the same as presumably he didn't in the 1953 map.



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Date: Jan 30 8:13 AM, 2019
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Thanks again. The map wouldn't have been made for no reason. Given the date (1981), I wonder whether it was planned to include it in The Stranger From The Sea, which was published in that year after four years without a new Poldark novel, only for plans to be changed once the map was done?



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Not sure but most likely a misprint as Vincent Miles (if I remember his name correctly) had joined the forum briefly back in about 2010/11 offering the Society a copy with VCM on it and I think the second one without his initials. I remember him also saying that he'd been in contact for quite a while with WG and had worked closely with him as to where all the names and locations shown on the maps roughly took place.

I think it might have been in his autobiography not sure but remember that WG also mentions people were always asking this same question as to where all the fictitious incidents took place as well, some easily recognisable others less so. For example WG mentions Mingoose in his autobiography as being a place he visited in real life.



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Thanks for that useful information, but do you know why the fifth map says "made by Winston Graham in 1981"? In other words, is there any source (other that this old Society webpage) that links Winston Graham to this map?



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The first three were donated by a former member of the Society. The fifth one was officially done by a qualified cartographer showing the initials V.C.M. ( from memory Vincent Miles) beneath the compass in the top right hand corner and who, judging by the similarities of style and considerable amount of detailed content most likely drew the fourth one many years before as well though this time without any signature.

Finally the sixth one I've no idea but very useful nonetheless, whilst the remainder you mention were presumably done by the authors themselves as this was all long before the Net when there was no public information available at all, save for the local libraries which was the only resource WG himself was ever able to draw upon thoughout his long career.

It's only since the arrival of the Internet that all of this has finally come to light under the one roof....



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There's a page in the Internet Archives showing three maps:

As I understand it, the first, untitled "map of Poldark's Cornwall" comes from the Ward Lock edition of Warleggan. But where does the second come from? It bears the legend "Poldark Country" and is said to have been made by WG in 1981. And where does the third come from? It is untitled but labelled "Poldark's Cornwall Map".

My copy of Poldark Country by David Clark, published in 1977, has a map called Poldark Country on its back cover, but that map does not equate to either of the two above. And my 1983 copy of Poldark's Cornwall has a map by Peter Wrigley on pages 222-223 which again differs from both of those above.



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