The ‘New and Correct English Atlas’ by Cary was first published in 1789, the title page being dated 1787. It proved very popular and was constantly amended with new information. By the early 1800s the copper plates had been used so much that an entirely new series was produced. It is as far as I am aware the only case where a complete set of engraved maps had to be replaced due to wear. This is an example of the first edition dated 1809. An innovative feature he introduced in this series was to place a letter at the exit point of a road from the county. This letter would correspond to that found on the neighbouring county. This was an early form of numbering the roads. This therefore is the first edition of the new series of copper plates. Provenance: manuscript ownership inscriptions of Thomas Farquhar on front free endpaper and ‘A? Harris Selway 1882’ on titlepage. Carroll (1996) 65; Chubb (1927) 264; Fordham (1925) p. 82; refer Hodson (1984-97) 286; Smith (1988).
Cary's New and Correct English Atlas: Being A New Set of County Maps from Actual Surveys