On each map Cary is prominently identified as the engraver. Above the title on each map may be found a compass rose with the points of the compass, these indicate the orientation of the map. In the border below are found a list of distances to London from key towns and cities found within. The seven-page Index at the end compacts a considerable amount of information. The market days for each town are given, borough towns are marked with an asterisk with the number of their representatives given in brackets. Cities and universities are given in capital letters. As might be expected a clear and detailed method. The work proved extremely popular. So much so that not one, but two, entirely new series of copper plates were produced during the lifetime of the work. The book is found in two formats, printed on thin paper on one side only and printed on thicker paper back to back as here.
It is also found sometimes with other contemporary works relating to the roads as here. Two works by Daniel Paterson and one by Gray. Provenance: ‘Charles Joseph Hartford, Stapleton, Bristol’ inscribed and signed on inside cover; bookplate of Donald Hodson (1933-2016), carto-bibliographer. Chubb (1927) 273; ESTC N26945; Fordham (1925a) pp. 35-7; Shirley (2004) T.Cary 3a; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).