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LEWIS, Samuel

Atlas to the Topographical Dictionaries of England and Wales, Comprising a General Map of England and Wales, A Plan of London, and Maps of the Counties of ...

S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South, London, 1842
Quarto (285 x 220 mm.), full contemporary green cloth, ornate blind decoration to boards, spine with blind ruling and decoration, gilt title, light wear to spine. With typographic title, with 57 maps comprising a folding general map of England and Wales, folding plan of London, 40 maps of the counties and Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey (Yorkshire folding), 12 maps of the Welsh Counties, of which a further 11 are smaller folding ones, all in early outline colour, in good condition.
Samuel Lewis (1782-1865) was the successful publisher of the ‘Topographical Dictionary’ first published in 1831. 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 here. The large folding plan of London is of particular note. That of Hampshire is filed alphabetically under its title Southampton. The ‘Topographical Dictionary’ was issued in four volumes with later editions in 1842, 1844, 1845, 1848 and 1849. In later editions, the maps were often put together as a separate fifth volume or atlas as here. Lewis would publish similar works on Wales in 1833, Ireland in 1837 and Scotland in 1846. He brought a successful suit against Archibald Fullarton for plagiarism with the ‘New and Comprehensive Gazetteer’ issued 1833-37. Beresiner (1983) pp. 144-148; Carroll (1996) 93.v; not in Chubb (1927) refer 430; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).
Stock number: 9948

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