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Samuel Lewis (1782-1865) was likely born in Abingdon, Berkshire, and was later described as being ‘a man of no education’. He was the successful publisher of the ‘Topographical Dictionary’ first published in 1831. The maps themselves may be found bound in the four volume work, or separately in a slimmer fifth volume with or without its own title. 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 in all examples. The large folding plan of London is of particular note. That of Hampshire is filed alphabetically under its title Southampton. Lewis would later claim that compiling the work took him six years at a cost of £48,000. There were several later editions up to 1849. Minor revisions were made to the plates through their history including those relating to the Reform Bill of 1832.

In 1839 he brought a successful suit against Archibald Fullarton’s ‘New and Comprehensive Gazetteer’ issued 1833-37 for plagiarism. It was a landmark case in defining copyright law for works of reference. Provenance: ownership inscription from Clare House, Kent on front endpaper; private English collection. Beresiner (1983) pp. 144-148; Carroll (1996) 93; refer Chubb (1927) 430 (omitting to list the maps of Guernsey and Jersey); Darlington & Howgego (1964) 330.2; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).

LEWIS, Samuel

(A Topographical Dictionary of England)

London, c.1840
Quarto (290 x 225 mm.), original publisher’s ornate blind panelled cloth, rebacked preserving original spine with ornate blind ruling and decoration, gilt titles. With 58 engraved maps including large folding engraved general map of England and Wales (torn), 52 engraved maps of the counties, maps of Guernsey, Isle of Man, and Jersey, Yorkshire folding as is a large plan of London, with additional folding map of the whole of Wales not usually present, all in early outline colour, no title as issued, some light foxing, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 9556
£ 275
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