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On 17 January 1820, John Cary’s premises on the Strand burned down. The fire also destroyed his brother William’s premises next door. The business moved to 86 St. James’s Street shortly thereafter. John was now about 66 years old and chose this moment to retire to the King’s Road in Chelsea and died in 1835 aged 81.

The business was continued by his sons George (1787-1859) and John (1791-1852). It is not known if the plates for the ‘Traveller’s Companion’ were lost in the fire or that they were again worn by overuse. Whichever it was, in 1822 a new series of copper plates was introduced. This series under new management were slightly different. Notable alterations are the removal of John Cary’s name as engraver either side of the title at the top. The plates are now all undated and bear the imprint of G & J Cary below. A subtler change to the plates occurs in the alteration of the place-names on those of Berkshire, Cheshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Durham, Essex, Herts, Kent, Middlesex, Norfolk, Northants, Rutland, Somerset, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, Westmoreland, North Wales and South Wales. These are now read from west to east.

This example is the third edition of the new series. The maps are printed on one side only and bound facing each other in pairs. This example is bound with Cary’s large ‘New Itinerary’ full of further data and seven further maps. Provenance: ownership inscription dated 1827 on first original endpaper, Chubb (1927) no. 284a; Fordham (1924) p. 40; Fordham (1925a) p. 39; Smith (1988); Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).
CARY, John

Cary's Traveller's Companion, or, a Delineation of the Turnpike Roads of England and Wales; shewing the immediate Route to every Market and Borough Town throughout the Kingdom, Laid down from the best Authorities, On A New Set Of County Maps. To which is added An Alphabetical List of all the Market Towns, with the Days on which they are held [bound with] Cary's New Itinerary or an Accurate Delineation of the Great Roads

Printed for G. & J Cary. Engravers, No. 86 St. James's Street, London, 1826
Octavo (185 x 115 mm.), modern half calf, marbled paper boards, ornate blind ruling, spine with blind ruled compartments, red calf gilt title label. With folding general map, engraved title to New Itinerary dated 1826, dedication, pp. (8), 41, (1), (62), (66), engraved title to Traveller’s Companion dated 1826, contents leaf, advertisement, general map of England and Wales, 40 county maps, that of Yorkshire folding (bound at the back), North and South Wales, in all 43 maps all in early outline colour, 6 folding maps from the New Itinerary in early outline colour, pp. (298), [597]-1070, (1), margin to Leicestershire reinforced, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 10205


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