Quarto (365 x 275 mm.), full contemporary publishers cloth binding, with blind panelling, ornate gilt title to upper board, rebacked preserving original spine with gilt title, worn. With 72 coloured maps, each with descriptive text, pp. xii, (2), 180, internally clean and in good condition.
This series of maps was first published as ‘The National Gazetteer’ which was issued in parts from 1863-68. William Hughes (1817-76) was Professor of Geography in King’s College, London, from 1863-75. Interestingly Hughes worked at the British Museum as a cataloguer between 1841-43 working on geography books. The publishers were the firm of Virtue and Co. founded by George Virtue. This new atlas edited by Professor Keane is in a larger format with the maps edge bound. There is only the one edition of this work. Batten & Bennett (2000) 144; Carroll (1996) 126.