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DURY, Andrew

A Collection of Plans of the Principal Cities; of Great Britain and Ireland: with Maps of the Coast of the said Kingdoms; Drawn from the most Accurate Surveys; In particular, those taken by the late Mr. J. Rocque ...

A. Dury, London, [1764]
Oblong octavo (120 x 155 mm.), full contemporary mottled calf, rebacked with ribbed spine, blind ruled gilt title, complete with original marbled 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 and 1 of Edinburgh are folding each numbered twice, with light colour offsetting, light oxidation of colour on some maps as usual, 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 that 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: Burden Collection duplicate; Doreen Green Collection 2016; private English collection. Darlington & Howgego (1964) no. 129; ESTC N69223; Shirley (2004) T.Dury 2a; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).
Stock number: 10176

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