Quarto, 4 volumes (310 x 245 mm. each), early half calf, marbled paper boards, gilt ruled, with ornate gilt decorated ribbed spines, each compartment with ornate blind decoration, gilt titles and volume details, marbled endpapers. Typographic half title and full title, Preface, List of Subscribers, pp. lxviii, 572; (4), 538; (4), 652; (4), 634, further half and full titles to remaining volumes, with 45 engraved maps including large folding engraved general map of England and Wales, 40 engraved maps of the counties, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey and London (Yorkshire and London large folding, 12 others folding). Foxing to the maps, text pages generally clean and overall a good example.
FIRST EDITION. Samuel Lewis (1782-1865) was the successful publisher of the ‘Topographical Dictionary’ first published here in 1831. The maps are often referred to as Creighton-Walker’s. Robert Creighton was the draughtsman and Thomas Starling, John and Charles Walker were the engravers. Chubb omits listing the maps of Guernsey and Jersey present here. The large folding plan of London is of particular note. That of Hampshire is filed alphabetically under its title Southampton. The ‘Topographical Dictionary’ was issued in four volumes with later editions in 1842, 1844, 1845, 1848 and 1849. In later editions, the maps were often put together as a separate atlas or fifth volume. Lewis would publish similar works on Wales in 1833, Ireland in 1837 and Scotland in 1846. Lewis brought a successful suit against Archibald Fullarton for plagiarism with the ‘New and Comprehensive Gazetteer’ issued 1833-37. Provenance: with bookplate of Doreen M. Green. Beresiner (1983) pp. 144-148; Carroll (1996) 93; Chubb (1927) 430 (omitted to list the maps of Guernsey and Jersey); Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).