Folio (335 x 205 mm.), contemporary half calf, marbled paper boards, blind ruled, rebacked with raised bands, red calf gilt title, light wear. With title page, pp. (2), 500, with 18 lithographic maps all in early wash colour, all but one double page, otherwise in good condition.
This is arguably one of the EARLIEST SOCIOLOGICAL ATLASES of England and Wales. ‘Although the census, first taken in 1801, only gradually evolved into a useful source of sociological data, it did in time develop into a prolific and fundamental source of information, the decennial appearance of which often stimulated the up-dating and re-issue of atlases … four sets of maps were produced specifically to accompany the Censuses of 1831, 1851, 1871, and 1891 respectively.
The 1831 lithographed maps of grouped counties were divided into ‘Parish-Register Limits’, gave tables of population statistics around the map for each county, and on the map face, for each area, listed population figures for 1801, 1821, and 1831, and baptism, burial and marriage figures for 1800, 1810, 1820, and 1830′ (Smith). For each Hundred there is also a list of all of the existing parish registers and the years they cover. The end of each counties text provides the following tables:
Summary of Baptisms, Burials and marriages
Ages of [number] persons buried in the County (broken into male and female)
Table of Mortality
Proportion of Burials to the Population
Increase in Population (a comparison of Census data with baptism and burial records)
Provenance: manuscript notation on verso of title ‘This Volume to be preserved in the Office of the Town Clerk, Newport’; bookplate of William Page Thomas Phillips. Burden (1994) 98A; Smith (1985) p. 38.