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Betts's New Railway and Commercial Map of England & Wales, on which the various Lines of Railroad, the Turnpike & Principal Cross Roads, with the Courses of the Rivers & Canals, are carefully laid down ...

115 Strand, London, 1846
930 x 760 mm., early wash colour, dissected and laid on linen with endpapers, one of which has a publisher’s paper title label affixed, two further pages of adverts on verso also, with original slipcase with gilt titles, in good condition.
John Betts (1803?-89) was a ‘bookseller, publisher, producer of games and puzzles, globemaker and stationer’ (Worms & Baynton-Williams). Both the British Library and Worms & Baynton-Williams assign the date of 1846 to this map without clear indication as to why. According to the paper title affixed the map was offered in four formats; on cloth in a case as here for 7s. 0d. It was also offered ‘On canvas, black ledge and roller’, ‘Ditto, varnished’ and ‘Mahogony ledge & roller, varnished’. Two types of railroad are keyed, those completed in black and those ‘in progress’ in red. Provenance: manuscript ownership on paper title affixed to endpaper ‘Revd. Ch. Forster Brighton March 20th 1851’; William Duck catalogue 1997; private collection of Rodney Shirley.
Stock number: 9439


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