Octavo (165 x 110 mm.), modern half calf, red cloth boards, raised bands to the spine blind ruled, with gilt calf title label. Lacking engraved title. Dedication, 5 tables, 6 general and 40 county maps and 2 plates of rates for Hackney carriages etc. engraved throughout. Some titles trimmed at the top. Some minor centrefold splitting, last couple of leaves a little brittle at the edges with some loss, some light foxing, otherwise in acceptable condition.
Thomas Badeslade (fl.1719-1745) was a surveyor and engineer who was involved in many schemes to improve the waterways. He was also an established author and in 1742 he had William Henry Toms (fl.1723-61) engrave a series of maps from his draughts and publish them as the ‘Chorographia Britanniae’. It is the first pocket size English county atlas published in the eighteenth century. It is surprising that it took so long considering the runaway success of the ‘Britannia Depicta’ of 1720. This is the first edition to introduce two plates number 49 and 50 of the Hackney coaches. Provenance: ownership inscription of G. Francis dated Oct 31st 1859, private collection of Rodney Shirley. Beresiner (1983) pp. 49-50; ESTC T153842; Hodson (1984-97) no. 191; Shirley (2004) T.Bad 1c; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).