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Samuel Lewis (1782-1865) was likely born in Abingdon, Berkshire, and was later described as being ‘a man of no education’. He was the successful publisher of the ‘Topographical Dictionary’ first published in 1831. The maps themselves may be found bound in the four volume work, or separately in a slimmer fifth volume with or without its own title. The maps are often referred to as Creighton-Walker’s. Robert Creighton was the draughtsman and Thomas Starling, John and Charles Walker were the engravers. Chubb omits listing the maps of Guernsey and Jersey present in all examples. The large folding plan of London is of particular note. That of Hampshire is filed alphabetically under its title Southampton. Lewis would later claim that compiling the work took him six years at a cost of £48,000. There were several later editions up to 1849. Minor revisions were made to the plates through their history including those relating to the Reform Bill of 1832. In 1839 he brought a successful suit against Archibald Fullarton’s ‘New and Comprehensive Gazetteer’ issued 1833-37 for plagiarism. It was a landmark case in defining copyright law for works of reference. Lewis would publish similar works on Wales in 1833, Ireland in 1837 and Scotland in 1846. Provenance: Clive A Burden Ltd. Catalogue III (2009) item 56; private English collection. Beresiner (1983) pp. 144-148; Bonar-Law (1997) A21; Carroll (1996) 93; refer Chubb (1927) 430 (not listing this edition and omitted to list the maps of Guernsey and Jersey), refer Ireland 15; Darlington & Howgego (1964) 330.3; Moir (1973) p. 232 (under Carrington); Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).
LEWIS, Samuel

Atlas to the Topographical Dictionaries of England and Wales

London, 1844
Large quarto (285 x 220 mm.), full contemporary blind embossed cloth, gilt titles to spine. With typographic title and 58 maps comprising a folding general map of England and Wales, folding plan of London, 43 maps of the counties and Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey (Yorkshire folding), map of North and South Wales and 12 maps of the Welsh Counties, all in early outline colour, some minor spotting, and some short tears to folding maps as is often the case, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 10502


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