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John Cary (c.1754-1835) and descendants were possibly the most prolific publishers of cartography around the turn of the eighteenth century. This is the first of three significant English County productions. Cary is noted for the clarity of detail in his maps and was the first to use the Greenwich meridian. This example of Cary’s ‘New and Correct English Atlas’ is from the second edition of 1793. It was however continuously available and only reflects a move to new premises. An innovative feature he introduced was to place a letter at the exit point of a road from the county. This letter would correspond to that found on that of the neighbouring county. This was an early form of numbering the roads.

This edition of the atlas was on sale until 1809. This is an early issue as determined by Hodson based on the presence of the earlier state of maps of Leicestershire, Middlesex and Oxfordshire, all dated 1 May 1792. This is likely when the revisions clearly commenced. They would later be revised to those of the others, namely 1 January 1793. Similarly, it bears the dedication to Viscount Weymouth (d. 1796) not present in later examples. Provenance: bookplate of Robert John Verney, Lord Willoughby de Broke (1809–1862) pasted inside front cover; pencil inscription on front free endpaper of ‘A. B. Sackett Merton 1921’; private English collection. Chubb (1927) 261; Fordham (1925a) p. 23; Hodson (1984-97) 286; Shirley (2004) T.Cary 2c; Smith (1988) ‘The Map Collector’ 43 pp. 40-47.
CARY, John

Cary's New and Correct English Atlas: Being A New Set of County Maps from Actual Surveys

John Cary, Engraver & Map-seller, No. 181, near Norfolk Street, Strand, London, Jany. 1st. 1793
Quarto (315 x 255 mm.), later half calf marbled paper boards, spine with gilt ruled compartments, original calf title label preserved, later endpapers. Engraved title page and Dedication, typographic contents leaf, map of South Britain and 43 county maps on 44 plates (West Riding being on two plates) and both North and South Wales, 47 maps in total, all in early outline colour with main routes coloured brown with wash to wooded areas, ‘Directions for the Junctions of the Roads of England and Wales through all the Counties’, ‘Market and Borough Towns in England and Wales’, ‘List of the Principal Post and Sub-Post Towns in England and Wales’ pp. 17, in good condition.
Stock number: 10196


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