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Henry Teesdale (fl.1828-45) a successful publisher in London is best known for two English County atlases. In 1829 he acquired the county plates to Robert Rowe’s exceedingly rare ‘English Atlas’ and after revision published them as the ‘New British Atlas’. Encouraged by its undoubted success he embarked on a reduced sized county atlas which he published the following year entitled ‘A New Travelling Atlas’. In this work the roads are made the principal feature.

The engraved title page bears an attractive vignette above the imprint displaying five cherubs being educated in geography. The maps bear a distinct piano keyboard design. For some reason it was not a great success, at least judging from the fact that only two examples survive: Cambridge University Library and a private English collection. For the second edition in 1843 plate numbers were added as were railways in the counties where they had been introduced. It appears that he took in a partner D. W. Martin which might explain the possible delay in publication. In all the copies the maps appear to be in the same state curiously, as Chubb points out that the Cambridge map bears the London to Cambridge Railway which was officially opened July 1845. A later title page bears across the top ‘This Edition Contains All The Railways’. Only FOUR KNOWN EXAMPLES survive: two at Cambridge University, one in a private English collection and this example offered here without the reference to railways. Provenance: Bonham’s auction 29 September 1999 lot 923; private English collection. Burgess (2004) no. 124.ii; Carroll (1996) no. 92.2; refer Chubb (1927) no. 418.

A Travelling Atlas, containing a complete Set of County Maps, on which are Delineated all the Mail & Turnpike Roads, The Cities, Towns ...

Henry Teesdale & Co. 2 Brunswick Row, Queen Sqe. and Sold by D. W. Marti, 16 Westmoreland Place, City Road, London, [c.1843]
Quarto (240 x 195 mm.), full contemporary cloth, ornate gilt title to upper board. Extensive decorative blind embossing to boards. With early endpapers, engraved title page, engraved Contents leaf and 45 engraved maps including 1 large folding general map of England and Wales with repair where bound in and 44 single page maps of North and South Wales and the English counties, all in early wash colour, in good condition.
Stock number: 5663


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