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VERY RARE EDITION. This small and attractive atlas was first published November 1748 in thirteen weekly parts by a consortium of nine publishers. No copy of this version survives and it seems likely that Jefferys and Kitchin took over the project at an early date. At some point before the publication of the second edition in 1751 alterations were made to some of the plates. During the issue of this 1751 edition plate numbers were added. The atlas proved popular, running to 7 editions, with various changes and additions, the last being in c.1796. Robert Sayer no doubt acquired his interest in the publication following the death of Thomas Jefferys in 1771. In 1776 Sayer with his partner at the time John Bennett first published a work entitled ‘An English Atlas’, this survives in just one known example (private English collection). This larger format work includes interleaved descriptive text with details of market towns and fairs below, all but the chart in original hand-colouring and all the same series of maps in an unfolded state.

At some time prior to his death in 1787 Bennett left the partnership and possibly spurred by the immanent publication of John Cary’s ‘New and Correct English Atlas’ Sayer published a new edition of this work. For this only one entirely new map of England and Wales by Jefferys is inserted. There is also a large folding triangular distance table engraved by Philip Luckombe (1730-1803). It is not present in the only known example of the first edition under this title of 1776 or in the Cambridge University Library example of this issue cited by Hodson. PROVENANCE: bookplates of Sir Andrew Warde Esq., Hooten Pagnell Hall, Yorkshire, inside front cover and on first free endpaper. Chubb (1927) no. 259; Hodson (1984-97) no. 214; refer Shirley (2004) T.Kit 2a (not in BL); Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).
KITCHIN, Thomas – JEFFERYS, Thomas

An English Atlas or a Concise View of England and Wales

Robert Sayer, London, 1787
VERY RARE EDITION. Small quarto (235 x 190 mm.), contemporary half calf, marbled paper boards, with gilt bands to spine along with red calf gilt title label, joints repaired. Engraved pictorial title, Preface and Index, 49 engraved maps including a newly introduced folding map of England and Wales by Thomas Jefferys, ALL IN EARLY WASH COLOUR, and a larger folding distance chart, a superb example.
Stock number: 8830
£ 5,500
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