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This is the first edition of the ‘Direction for the English Traviller’ published by Thomas Jenner. The plates began life under Mathew Simmons who 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 thumbnail maps due to their size the three editions of that 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 where the van Langeren maps were re-engraved slightly larger, each with a scale-bar and each this time with the place-names given in full. Jenner was a puritan and parliamentarian so this guide to the roads which was handy for the pocket would have been extensively used by the forces to make their way about the country during the English Civil War. The following year he would publish the ‘Quartermaster’s Map’ engraved for him by Wenceslaus Hollar. Provenance: with manuscript annotation of Francis Taylor, dated ‘Aprill 1663’. Bennett (1996) p. 8; Hodson (2000) pp. 368-89; Shirley (2004) T.Lang 1e; Skelton (1970) no. 25; Wing D1527.
JENNER, Thomas

A Direction for the English Traviller, By which he Shal be inabled to Coast about all England and Wales

London, 1643
Octavo (175 x 130 mm.), contemporary quarter vellum, marbled paper boards, rubbed. With engraved title by Jacob van Langeren, 2 engraved leaves ‘The Use of all the insueing Tables’, 36 (of 37) plates each bearing a triangular distance table with accompanying small map of the county, lacking Cornwall apparently never bound in, supplied loose, 4 folding plates each affixed the verso of leaves, minor hole to second leaf due to the folding map on verso, otherwise a very good example.
Stock number: 9485


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