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James Duncan is thought to have started as early as 1805 but the ‘Complete County Atlas’ is his best-known work. Their early history involving William Ebden is complicated and was detailed in David Smith’s article. It is believed that Duncan acquired the plates in 1832 and adjusted the titles and added information drawn from the Reform Bill of 1832. First published in 1833 as ‘A New Atlas of England and Wales’, the county maps are engraved by Edward Hoare and James Reeves. The maps are derived from those of John Cary. Ensuing editions were entitled ‘A Complete County Atlas’ and examples are known omitting a title as here. This is an early issue as it lacks any railways. Provenance: bookplate of Rogers, Nottingham in inside front cover; private English collection. Carroll (1996) 85.ii; Chubb (1927) 455; Smith, D. (1991d).
DUNCAN, James

(A Complete County Atlas of England & Wales, containing Forty Four Superior Maps)

London, c.1833
Folio (410 x 270 mm.), contemporary half calf, marbled paper boards with gilt ruling and ornate red calf gilt title on upper board, spine with gilt ruled bands, with early manuscript table of contents on inside of upper cover. With double page typographic ‘Geographical and Statistical Table’, map of England and Wales and a further 43 maps of the counties and Wales bound in geographic order commencing with Sussex, light foxing throughout, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 9928
£ 495
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