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This is the second edition of the smallest of three English county atlases produced by John Cary. The ‘Advertisement’ for ‘Cary’s New Itinerary’ for 1802 described it as being an abridgement of the ‘New and Correct English Atlas’ of 1787-89. The immense success of that work clearly encouraged Cary to issue a smaller, pocket size version for the traveller. It was designed to be of use to them on the widening network of turnpike roads. Travel is at the core of each of the maps, the clear feature of each is the road network. The Advertisement at the beginning stated his intent, ‘With an anxious desire to render this work useful to travellers, the Proprietor has paid every attention to accuracy, and in the endeavour to render it of real utility …’

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 as the plates wore out. The imprint date on all but that of Yorkshire has been altered to 1 September 1792 and the index is now in six pages.

This example like many is bound with ‘Cary’s New Itinerary’ for 1798, describing the roads in greater detail. Provenance: with inscription of H? Boulton, possibly related to the industrialist Matthew Boulton (1728-1809); Tooley Adams 1990; private English collection. Chubb (1927) 275; ESTC N26954; Fordham (1925) pp. 35-7 & 62-70; Shirley (2004) T.Cary 3c; Smith ‘The Map Collector’ 43 pp. 40-47; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).

CARY, John

Cary's Traveller's Companion, or, a Delineation of the Turnpike Roads of England and Wales. [Bound with] Cary's New Itinerary: or, an Accurate Delineation of the Great Roads

Printed for John Cary, Engraver, Map & Printseller, Strand, London, 1791-[c.1800]
Octavo (175 x 110 mm.), full contemporary mottled calf, rebacked preserving original spine with ornate gilt panelling, green calf gilt title label. With gilt tooling and label to spine. With engraved title, advertisement, contents leaf, general map and 42 county maps printed back to back, that of Yorkshire folding and with minor binders tear as usual, all in early outline colour, 6 page Index with an advert leaf for John Cary. ‘New Itinerary’ with engraved title, engraved dedication, folding general map in full early wash colour, pp. (56), 796 (to 740 2 per page), otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 9568
£ 250
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