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This is a later edition of a work first published by Richard Phillips (1767-1840) under the same title in 1808. Born in London to a Leicestershire family, he founded the ‘Leicester Herald’ in 1792. He was sentenced to 18 months in gaol for selling Thomas Paine’s ‘Rights of Man’ the following year. In 1795 his premised burnt to the ground and with the insurance money he returned to London where he founded ‘The Antiquarians’ Magazine and Monthly Magazine’. He became Sheriff of London and Middlesex in 1807 and was knighted in 1808. In the same year he published the ‘Topographical Dictionary’ and to accompany this he employed Henry Cooper (fl.1804-19) to engrave a series of plates. They are loosely drawn on those of Cary. Wales is described in the list of maps as consisting of two plates when in fact it is just one. Phillips was bankrupted in 1811 and sold the rights in the book to the new publishers Longman, Hurst, Rees and Co. Ownership would change hands again to George Whittaker for later editions in 1825 and this one in 1826. Provenance: with bookplate of Templemore, likely Arthur Chichester 1st Baron Templemore (1797-1837) and his inscription on front endpaper; Donald Hodson collection, (1933-2016), carto-bibliographer. Carroll (1996) no. 64; Chubb (1927) 330; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).
CAPPER, Benjamin Pitts

A Topographical Dictionary of the United Kingdom …

George Whittaker, London, 1826
Octavo (225 x 135 mm.), contemporary half calf and cloth boards, blind ruled, spine with raised gilt bands, very ornate gilt compartments and gilt title on red calf, light wear. With engraved general map of the British Isles, engraved title page, pp. vi, (22), 865, (3), 152, 867-1054, with 40 single sheet English county maps, Wales and 2 sheet maps of Ireland and Scotland, Warwick bound upside down, Generally clean with some spotting on maps.
Stock number: 9545


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