1450 x 1020 mm., dissected and laid on contemporary linen, in full early wash colour, with green cloth endpapers, complete with original publisher’s cloth slipcase with red calf gilt title label affixed, in good condition.
This large extremely attractive map of England and Wales is surrounded by letterpress tables for each county, Ireland and Scotland. These include details of their size, population and triangular distance tables. Two further columns detail the distance from London and the town’s population. Upper centre is a list of the ‘Canals of England’. Further tables below feature ‘Steam Navigation. Distances by Steamers’ and ‘Railways’. The latter lists the railways in alphabetical order along with their distances and estimated expense to construct. The most expensive being the London to Birmingham line at £5,000,000. The map itself is displays the canals but interestingly focuses on the railroads. These are coloured in red with projected ones shown in blue. The map does not appear in the British Library’s online catalogue. The whole is surrounded by an ornate border. The earliest edition we have been able to trace of this map is dated 15 December 1838; we have had an example in the past. For this 1839 example the main changes are the updated railway network, with many now complete and new ones depicted. There are also an increased number of steam routes shown. A very attractive item. Provenance: acquired from Jonathan Potter in 1998 for the private collection of Rodney Shirley.