Quarto, 3 volumes (325 x 255 mm. each), original publisher’s ornate blind panelled cloth by Remnant & Edmonds, spines with ornate blind ruling and decoration, gilt titles. England & Wales with typographic title and 57 engraved maps including large folding engraved general map of England and Wales (small binders tear), 52 engraved maps of the counties, maps of Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey and London (Yorkshire and London large folding, 12 others folding), all in early outline colour; Ireland with typographic title and 33 engraved maps (general folding) all in early outline colour; Scotland with typographic title, Contents and 6 large folding engraved maps all in early outline colour, each with publisher’s Part number label pasted upper right on recto, light foxing to the maps as usual, a good example.
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 here 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 this final one in 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. In this combined example of the maps alone, those of England and Wales are bound together. Provenance: bookbinders label of Remnant & Edmonds (fl c.1830-60s) affixed inside back cover of Scotland; bookplate of Sir Thomas Hesketh, Bart, Rufford Hall, Lancashire with separate Easton Neston Library shelf label; Roger Mason 2001 (bill of sale loosely inserted); Mr . R. Wheeler. Beresiner (1983) pp. 144-148; Bonar-Law (1997) A21; Carroll (1996) 93; Chubb (1927) 430 (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).