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COOKE, George Alexander

[British Traveller]

London, c.1820
Octavo (140 x 130 mm.), in full contemporary calf, rebacked with ornate blind ruled compartments and decoration, gilt title. With 46 maps, general map folding, remaining edge bound, some with original folds as issued, in good condition.
Charles Cooke was a bookseller who began in 1806 a part issue county topography generally entitled ‘Cooke’s Topography of Great Britain’. It was issued one county per part although some were large enough to occupy two. By 1810 the series was finished and the counties were bound together in groups to make a 28 volume work. In this book all of the individual maps are bound together. All of the maps are in the unnumbered early state and evidence that they are drawn from early issues is provided by the map of Cornwall. This was the first county issued and at first the Hundreds were not identified, as here. Charles Cooke ceased business in 1817 and died before 1822. Provenance: Ex Wadsworth collection 1994, bookplate affixed inside front cover; private English collection. Beresiner pp. 92-3; refer Chubb (1927) 305; Carroll (1996) 63; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).
Stock number: 9985

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