Octavo (170 x 110 mm.), full contemporary tree calf, rebacked preserving the original spine with ornate gilt ruled compartments, each with central floral gilt feature, gilt title. With engraved title page, Advertisement, Contents, general map and 40 maps of the counties, that of Yorkshire folding, North and South Wales, in all 43 maps, all in early outline colour, index of ‘Market and Borough Towns’ in pp. 5, ‘Routes; Exhibiting the Direct Road’ in pp. 11. advert of ‘Works published by John Cary’ in pp. 2, in good condition.
This is the smallest of the three English county atlases produced by John Cary. It was described by Cary as being an abridgement of the ‘New and Correct Atlas’ of 1787. It was designed to be of use to travellers on the widening network of turnpike roads. It was first published in 1790 and according to Fordham this is the third edition. However, the 1806 edition actually utilised a newly engraved set of plates. All of the maps now bear the date 1806. The maps are printed on one side only and bound facing each other in pairs. Minor alterations occur to most maps and canals are added to some. Provenance: with manuscript ownership mark of ‘G Cumming’; private English collection. Chubb (1927) no. 276; Fordham (1925) pp. 35-8; Smith, D. (1988).