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FIRST EDITION. Benjamin Pitts Capper produced just this one cartographic work but it proved to be a successful one. It was first published by Richard Phillips (1767-1840) in 1808. It contains a series of maps engraved by H. Cooper. The same series of maps are also found in an ‘Atlas of the British Islands’ also published by Phillips in 1808. Phillips, although born in London was of a Leicestershire family and founded the ‘Leicestershire Herald’ in 1792. However the following year he was sentenced to 18 months in gaol for selling Paine’s ‘Rights of Man’! After his sentence his house and business burnt down and with the insurance money he moved back to London. He became Sheriff of London and Middlesex in 1807 and received a knighthood the following year. However, bad fortune struck again when he was declared bankrupt in 1811. Provenance: Donald Hodson collection. Beresiner (1983) p. 80; Carroll (1996) 64; Chubb (1927) 327; ODNB; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).
CAPPER, Benjamin Pitts

A Topographical Dictionary of the United Kingdom; compiled from Parliamentary, and other Authentic Documents and Authorities; containing Geographical, Topographical, & Statistical Accounts of every District, Object, and Place, in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and the various small islands dependent on the British Empire

Richard Phillips, Bridge-Street, Blackfriars, London, 1808
Octavo (215 x 135 mm.), full tree calf, rebacked with gilt ruled embossed raised bands, gilt title to red calf label, marbled endpaper. With engraved general map of the British Isles, typographic title page, Introduction, List of the Maps with advert on the verso pp. xiv, (2), followed by the Dictionary unpaginated, B1-3X2, with 46 maps, one unnumbered double page general map, 40 maps of the English counties, 2 maps of Scotland, Wales and 2 maps comprising Ireland, Yorkshire and general maps all folding, all in early wash colour, in good condition.
Stock number: 9528
£ 250
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