Oblong octavo (130 x 165 mm.), full contemporary mottled calf, blind ruled, re-hinged, gilt ribbed spine with red calf gilt title label, complete with original endpapers. With engraved pictorial title, dedication and contents, 22 early wash coloured engraved maps by Joseph Ellis numbered to 21 (that of the Isle of Wight ‘0’), 18 early wash coloured engraved city plans on 18 sheets numbered to 22 (no ‘9’ called for), the two of London (1 of the Fire with minor fold repair) and 1 of Edinburgh are folding each numbered twice. With slight colour offsetting, light oxidation of colour on some maps as usual, Chichester with small wax mark in margin. Otherwise in good condition.
FIRST EDITION. This appealing atlas which was designed to be a companion to Dury’s ‘Universal Pocket Atlas’, with a charming series of town plans based on those of John Rocque as stated in the title. Except for the map of the Isle of Wight the maps are coastal ones surrounding the whole of the British Isles. The Isle of Wight is numbered ‘0’, is out of sequence and may have been a last minute inclusion. These are followed by the superb series of town plans. The date of publication is derived from that given to London on the contents leaf ‘London as it is this present year 1764’. Provenance: with eighteenth century bookplate of J. B. Barrett pasted inside front cover (Franks 1599). Darlington & Howgego (1964) no. 129; ESTC N69223; Shirley (2004) T.Dury 2a; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).