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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. 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. Provenance: private English collection. Beresiner (1983) pp. 144-148; Carroll (1996) 93; refer Chubb (1927) 430 (this edition not listed, omitted to list the maps of Guernsey and Jersey); Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).

LEWIS, Samuel

Atlas to the Topographical Dictionaries of England and Wales …

S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South, London, 1848
Quarto (290 x 225 mm.), original publisher’s ornate blind panelled cloth, spines with ornate blind ruling and decoration, gilt titles, bound by Remnant & Edmonds. With typographic title and 56 (of 57) engraved maps including large folding engraved general map of England and Wales (torn), 52 engraved maps of the counties, maps of Guernsey, Isle of Man, and Jersey, all in early outline colour, Yorkshire with binder’s tear, London missing, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 9543
£ 175
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