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CARY, John

Cary's Traveller's Companion, or, A Delineation of the Turnpike Roads of England and Wales

John Cary, Engraver, and Map-seller, Strand, London, 1806
Octavo (170 x 120 mm.), CONTEMPORARY SOFT RED MOROCCO WRAP complete with flap, retainer and early A. W. Faber graphite pencil, marbled endpapers and two pockets. With engraved title page, Advertisement, Contents, general map and 40 maps of the counties, that of Yorkshire folding and kept in the final pocket, North and South Wales, in all 43 maps, all in early outline colour, many with original tissues, 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. 3, marbled paper bound blank note book in pp. 20, complete with original endpapers, Yorkshire cut and dissected, laid on linen, an excellent example.
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. A FABULOUS EXAMPLE of this atlas. Provenance: private English collection. Chubb (1927) no. 276; Fordham (1925) pp. 35-8; Smith (1988) pp. 40-47.
Stock number: 9222

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