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FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. 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. In this example they are added in manuscript. Following this Toms ordered the addition of the price to the end of the imprint on the title page. Even though all evidence shows the price of the atlas was 6 shillings from the start ‘Price Bound 5s’ was added. The error was picked up immediately and corrected for the fourth and last variant of the first edition. Provenance: with small ink stamp of a crown and ‘SS’ on first free endpaper; private English collection. Beresiner (1983) pp. 49-50; Chubb (1927) 170; ESTC T165385; Hodson (1984-97) no. 188 (atlas A p. 164); refer 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, FIRST ISSUE. Octavo (165 x 100 mm.), full contemporary mottled calf, gilt ruled boards, rebacked with gilt ruled raised bands, calf gilt title label, original endpapers. With engraved title, Dedication, 5 tables, 6 general and 40 county maps, engraved throughout. In good condition.
Stock number: 10149
£ 1,250
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