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FIRST EDITION, SECOND ISSUE IN MAGNIFICENT EARLY WASH COLOUR. 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. The first edition of the atlas is found in four variants and was on sale for only a short period of time. Within two or three months a new edition was published.

The second issue placed engraved plate numbers ‘8’ and ‘9’ to those of Cambridgeshire and Cheshire which had been omitted on publication. Provenance: retaining the early bookplate of William Bell, Ulcomb, Kent, a William Bell was Rector of the church at Ulcomb from 1740; private English collection. Beresiner (1983) pp. 49-50; Chubb (1927) 170; ESTC T165385; Hodson (1984-97) no. 188 (atlas A p. 164); Shirley (2004) T.Bad 1a; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).
BADESLADE, Thomas & TOMS, William Henry

Chorographia Britanniae. Or A Set of Maps of all the Counties in England and Wales: to which are prefix'd the following general Maps

London, 1742
FIRST EDITION, SECOND ISSUE IN MAGNIFICENT EARLY WASH COLOUR. Oblong quarto (240 x 265 mm.), full recent calf by Temple Bindery, gilt ruled boards, gilt ruled ribbed spine with dark blue gilt title label, later endpapers. With engraved title, Dedication, 5 tables, 6 general and 40 county maps, engraved throughout and in full early wash colour. Kent re-guarded and with lower right corner small repair, otherwise in very good condition.
Stock number: 10150


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