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MOGG, Edward

A Survey of the High Roads of England and Wales Planned on a Scale of one Inch to a Mile. Including the Seats of the Nobility and Gentry

Edward Mogg, No. 51, Charing Cross, London, 1817
Quarto (270 x 205 mm.), volume 1 [all published] recent quarter calf, marbled paper boards, with ornate blind ruling, spine with ornate blind ruled compartments, each with central blind feature and blue calf gilt title. With engraved title page, typographic title, Table of Routes, Dedication and Advertisement followed by 112 maps containing 223 road strips (plate 163 is not divided), all in fine early wash colour, Index to the Country Seats pp. 85, Directions to the Binder on the verso, apparently lacking the general map of England and Wales although not always present. Final leaf a little dirty with portion of lower corner torn away, otherwise in good condition.
A RARE WORK. Edward Mogg (fl.1804-47) began his career around 1804 with the publication of a plan of London and Westminster. Indeed, much of his life was spent publishing road books and maps relating to the streets of London. He began this production with a plan to cover all of the roads of England and Wales. He declared that it ‘will be divided into three parts for the purpose of rendering it more portable … The First Part, comprising the Southern Division, will be completed in Fourteen Numbers …’ Begun in 1814 the first part was completed by 1817. The first part was to include and expand on his earlier work entitled ‘A Survey of the Roads from London to Brighton’, 1808. However, the first part was all that was ever published. The typographic title page identifies the counties covered; ‘Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hants, Wilts, Dorset, Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall; with part of Buckingham and Middlesex.’ The road strips afford detail of the surroundings with all country houses noted and their owners named. The general map is dated 1 May 1817 and can be found bound at the end of the book and is therefore quite likely the last addition. It may be that this copy is indeed one of the first to be issued. Indeed, we know this to have happened to his earlier work entitled ‘A Survey of the Roads from London to Brighton’, 1806. It was sold in an unfinished state, prior to publication, at a discounted rate. ‘This ambitious book, on a larger scale than before, is much the most attractive of the English road books’ (Wardington Catalogue). Provenance: private English collection. Bennett (1996) pp. 110-12; Fordham 1924) p. 54; Kingsley (1982) p. 373.
Stock number: 9186

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