James Pigot (1769-1843) began as an engraver and printer in Manchester before moving to London. In 1811, he began his own business and concentrated from 1822 on publishing directories of the whole country. In 1826-27 he published one of the Home Counties which was according to the title ’embellished with a new series of Elegant Maps …’. An advert in 1829 indicated that the full series of maps were available bound up separately as the ‘British Atlas’.
Perhaps following his partnership with Isaac Slater in 1839, this set of reduced sized maps was issued in fortnightly parts. The final work was issued as ‘A Pocket Topography’ and is undated. However, there are numerous references to events and data from 1841 and the last part issued was in August of that year. The Preface outlines the reasoning for the binding order ‘the publishers of the Pocket Topography, deemed it more convenient for travellers, to prevent the necessity of taking both volumes with them on a journey, to divide the Kingdom into two nearly equal portions, and to place the Northern and Midland Counties in one Volume; and the Southern, South-eastern, and South-western in the other’. In each they are bound in alphabetical order, Leicestershire and Rutland appearing in one map. The title supports this stating ‘Price, each Volume, 12s. 6d. Beresiner (1983) pp. 177-80; Burden, E. (2000); Carroll (1996) 108; refer Chubb (1927) 462.