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JENNER, Thomas

A Book of the Names of all Parishes, Market Towns ...

London, [1657]
Quarto (185 x 140 mm.), modern half calf, marbled paper boards with blind ruling, ribbed spine with ornate gilt decoration, gilt title. Engraved title page, “The Use of all the insueing Tables” from type, 36 engraved cartographical county mileage tables with “thumbnail” maps set within text and 3 (of 4) folding plates, lacking that of England. Title and a few leaves re-margined and repaired with loss of a few letters, Wales trimmed on right side slightly, extreme corners of Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Cornwall, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire, Wiltshire, and Worcestershire replaced, otherwise a good example.
The first edition. Matthew Simmons is most associated with printing John Milton’s works. In 1635 he published his one and only cartographic work ‘A Direction for the English Traviller’. Known famously as the thumb nail maps due to their size the three editions of this work are all exceedingly scarce. The maps were engraved by Jacob van Langeren and incorporated into a plate containing a distance table for the county, an invention of John Norden’s in 1625. In 1643 Thomas Jenner published an improved edition with four extra folding plates, three of which were maps of England, Wales and Yorkshire. For this edition the van Langeren maps were re-engraved slightly larger. In 1649 he added descriptive typographic text and published it as ‘A Booke of the Names of all the Hundreds, of which only one complete example is known’. This was followed in 1657 by the slightly renamed work offered here. Provenance: with armorial bookplates of R[obert] W[ynne] of Garthewin and Michael Tomkinson. Bennett (1996) p. 8; Chubb (1927) 49; ESTC R38857; Skelton (1970) 62; Wing D1528.
Stock number: 8752


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