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This is one of several road books of the period with complicated bibliographical histories which with contributions from various researchers, was finally understood during the 1980s and 1990s. It is now known that the first publication of this series of road strips was by Thomas Kitchin in 1771 and entitled ‘Ogilby’s Survey Improved or Kitchin’s New and Instructive Travellers’ Companion’. The plates are smaller than those in his re-issue of John Senex’s plates issued in 1767 as the ‘Post-Chaise Companion’. They are drawn on a smaller scale and lack compass points. Any titles and notes are placed top and bottom. The intention was to produce an even more comfortable pocket-sized work.

Kitchin effectively retired to St. Albans about 1777 and at some point, this work was acquired by Carington Bowles. It would seem Bowles was keen to issue the work on acquisition as updates appeared quite rapidly. Two early versions are known, the initial format contained the original 95 plates but was re-titled ‘Bowles’s Post Chaise Companion’. Although undated on the title it is given a date of c.1781, only one example is recorded. A ‘Second edition’ was issued for which 2 extra plates were engraved and placed at the end of the second volume and numbered to 194. The last plate in each volume bears the date 4 June 1781. Another ‘Second Edition’ was issued dated 1782 and this offered here, is the most common of the editions with new plates taking the total to 100 which are numbered to 200. It was for sale most likely for several years. The text to this work features an ‘Index to the Roads from London and five pages of text entitled Circuits of the Judges in the first volume. The second ends with a large index to the ‘Fairs in England and Wales’. Provenance: manuscript inscription on front fee endpaper to volume one of ‘Tho. Fenwick’ and ‘Jas. Davis’, the latter repeated on the title page; bookplate in volume two of Thomas Weld Esq., Lulworth Castle; private English collection. Bennett (2007) pp. 67 & 79-80; ESTC T195282; Fordham (1924) p. 35 (not recording Kitchin’s original work); Hodson (1984-97) III p. 81; Lintot, Roger (1990) ‘Road Map Confusion’, in The Map Collector no. 51 pp. 53-4; Shirley (2004) T.Bowl 1a; Smith (1991) ‘Road Map Confusion Revisited’, in IMCoS Journal no. 45 pp. 6-11 & Part II issue no. 47 pp. 29-39; Webb (1988); Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).
BOWLES, Carington

Bowles's Post – Chaise Companion; or, Travellers Directory through England and Wales …

Carington Bowles, At his Map and Print Warehouse, No. 69, St. Paul's Church Yard, London, 1782
Small octavo, 2 volumes (160 x 100 mm. each), original full green calf, upper board to volume one loose, spines with gilt ruled compartments, red calf gilt title and volume labels affixed, worn. Volume 1, engraved general map of England and Wales, typographic title page, 14 pp. index and distance tables, followed by 50 double page strip road maps, plus 5 pages of text entitled Circuits of the Judges, pp. xv, (1), a-e. Volume 2, typographic title page, followed by 50 double pages of strip road maps, text of the Fairs in England and Wales followed by an advert, pp. (2), 191-243, (2). In good condition.
Stock number: 10183


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