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CASSELL, John

Cassell's County Atlas: Comprising Fifty Beautifully Engraved and Coloured Maps including England and Wales. Including Maps of Liverpool, Manchester, and Birmingham

Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, La Belle Sauvage Yard, Ludgate Hill, E.C., London, c.1866
Folio (480 x 335 mm.), modern full calf, contemporary cloth gilt title affixed to upper board, modern endpapers. With typographic title page, Index with advert on the verso and 50 maps comprising 1 general, 46 county maps (Cumberland & Westmoreland, Devon, Hampshire, Northamptonshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire & Gloucestershire all in 2 sheets, Yorkshire in 4 sheets, Lancashire double page) and 3 town plans (Liverpool double page), all in early outline colour. Some minor creases and general wear, small hole in the general map and a mark on Lincolnshire, some marginalia here and there, N. Hampshire, Manchester and Birmingham with margin repair, otherwise a fair example.
This is an atlas with an interesting history. Between the years 1856 and 1862, ‘The Weekly Dispatch’ newspaper included in each edition a map of a part of the world. During this period a total of 118 maps were issued. They bear the distinctive sign of a half globe with the figure of Mercury above. The engravers varied but included John Dower and Edward Weller. In 1863 ‘The Dispatch Atlas’ was published which contained a series of English county maps in a similar design. The two were combined in 1865 as ‘Cassell’s Complete Atlas’. Here we find the county atlas in its second issue with the maps all bearing a catalogue number in the upper corner. The work includes fine large scale town plans of Liverpool (double page), Manchester and Birmingham with margin strengthened. Provenance: Clive A. Burden Ltd. (2009) item 30; Dr. Adrian Almond collection; Dominic Winter 19 September 2012 lot 57; private English collection. Beresiner (1983) pp. 85-7; refer Carroll (1996) no. 120; Chubb (1927) 559.
Stock number: 10310

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