A FRESH COPY OF A SCARCE ENGLISH ATLAS IN A CONTEMPORARY BINDING

The Small English Atlas being A New and Accurate Sett of Maps of all the Counties in England and Wales.

London, Robert Sayer and John Bennett, John Bowles, and Carrington Bowles, [c. 1775].

4to (238 x 186 mm), engraved title, engraved preface, and 50 engraved maps numbered 3-52; some very light spotting or marking; contemporary British half calf over marbled boards, the spine divided into compartments by gilt rules, all edges speckled; extremities a little rubbed and bumped, small wormhole on upper joint, nonetheless a very crisp copy in a contemporary binding.

£750

Approximately:
US $1046€868

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New edition. The Small English Atlas was originally advertised by a consortium of eight London booksellers, but it appears that the work was taken over by Thomas Kitchin and Thomas Jeffreys before publication of the thirteen constituent parts of the atlas was completed in 1749. A second edition was issued by Jeffreys and Kitchin in 1751, which seems to have remained in print until 1765 (the maps in this edition are known in two or three states, indicating that they were revised as time passed). The present edition is undated, but was probably published in 1775, and contains a significant number of revisions and changes: the title has been re-engraved to reflect the new publishers; the map of the direct roads has been replaced with a map of the rivers of England; new roads and canals have been added to the maps; and boundaries of hundreds, wapentakes, and other administrative areas have been added. The information given in the panel below each county map has been erased and replaced with lists of boroughs, cities, towns, etc., annotated with details of market-days, political representatives, and other details.

ESTC records two copies at Oxford and one at Columbia, to which Hodson adds copies at Cambridge, Leeds, and the Royal Geographical Society, Phillips a copy in the Library of Congress, and Shirley one at the British Library (acquired in 1994).

ESTC T301090; Hodson 211; Phillips, Atlases, 8123 (misdated the purchase of the Isle of Man from the Duke of Athol to 1806, and thus the atlas to ‘?1806’); Shirley, Maps in the Atlases of the British Library, T.KIT-2b.

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