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BLACK, Adam & Charles

Black's Handy Atlas of England & Wales A Series of County Maps and Plans with Descriptive Index and Statistical Notes Edited by John Bartholomew, F.R.G.S., &c.

Adam & Charles Black, London, 1892
Octavo (200 x 145 mm.), full modern brown cloth, gilt ruled spine with green calf gilt title label affixed. With typographic half title, title, Contents, pp. xvi, 47, with 64 double page coloured maps, in good condition.
This series of maps was first published in the ‘Encyclopaedia Britannica’, ninth edition by Adam and Charles Black in 1880. It was issued in further editions to at least 1900. However only the one atlas form as ‘Black’s Handy Atlas’ in 1892. Adam Black (1784-1871) set up as a bookseller in Edinburgh in 1807 and in 1834 was joined by his nephew Charles in 1834. Black acquired the copyright to the ‘Encyclopaedia Britannica’ in 1827.

Ten general maps are followed by those of the counties and finally a series of town plans. The maps however are down to John Bartholomew who acquired the rights to prints maps for the Encyclopaedia in 1839. A privilege he had until 1938. The Population statistics used are taken from the 1891 Census. Those of 1881 are also recorded. Provenance: AbeBooks 2017. Carroll (1996) 137; Smith (1997) IMCoS Journal 71 pp. 15-21; Tooley’s Dictionary (1999-2004).
Stock number: 9962

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