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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
Octavo (165 x 105 mm.), half recent calf, blind ruled, marbled paper boards. With blind ruled raised bands, each compartment with blind and gilt ruling, gilt calf title attached. With engraved title inserted from another example, dedication, 5 tables, 6 general and 40 county maps and 2 new plates for rates of Hackney carriages etc. engraved throughout. Middlesex and Oxford with lower centrefold split, otherwise a good example.
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 identical to Hodson’s atlas ‘J’ at Cambridge University Library with all maps dated 1742 below, the two additional plates numbered 49 and 50 of the ‘Rates of the Hackney Coaches’, yet an earlier title page. Provenance: acquired in 2011 from Brian Kentish for a private English collection. Beresiner pp. 49-50; Hodson no. 191; Shirley BL T.Bad 1b.
Stock number: 9777

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