This series of maps was first issued as ‘The National Gazetteer’ in parts from 1863-68. It was then made available as a twelve volume work in 1868. Their next appearance was here in atlas form, with some accompanying descriptive text. William Hughes (1818-76) worked as a cataloguer at the British Museum on geography books from 1841-43. From 1863-75 he was a Professor of Geography at King’s College, London, and wrote several theoretical works on the subject. The founder of the publishing firm was George Virtue (c.1793-1868), whose company records show Hughes as a supplier of plates. The maps here are attractive and of individual counties except for Scotland where they are grouped together in regions. Those of Ireland are individual. They are all derived from the Old Series One Inch Ordnance Survey.
In 1873 they were issued as ‘A New County Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland’. The map of the North Atlantic now acted as a frontispiece and the county maps began with Northumberland working their way south to Cornwall. This new atlas edited by Professor Keane is expanded to include information from the Redistribution of Seats Act of 1885. The Index now lists the map alphabetically and new plates are included displaying town plans. Provenance: ownership inscription on front free endpaper of ‘Mary Rose Lee Warner, Wimpole Lodge, Arrington, Nr. Royston, Herts’; Clive A Burden Ltd. Catalogue 14 (2017) item 45; private English collection. Batten & Bennett (2010) 144; Beresiner (1983) p. 117; Carroll (1996) 126; refer Chubb (1927) 562; Tooley’s Dictionary (1999-2004).