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COLLINS, Henry George

Collins' Railway Pocket Atlas of England and Wales

H. G. Collins, 22, Paternoster Row: Sold by all Booksellers, and at all the Railway Stations, London, c.1855
Quarto (195 x 135 mm.), full contemporary cloth, ornate blind panelling, gilt title on upper board, rebacked preserving original spine. With lithographic title and 55 maps consisting of 43 maps of the English counties and 12 of Wales, all in early outline colour with wash to the seas and a 1 page advert
These plates were originally published in George Cole and John Roper’s ‘British Atlas’, issued in parts between 1804 and 1808. Their last intaglio printing was included in Thomas Dugdale’s ‘Curiosities of Great Britain’ published by Tallis and Co. 1835-[41]. Following that they were published in lithographic form in ‘Collin’s Railway and Pedestrian Atlas of England’, [1858]. However, several carto-bibliographies refer to an atlas in Cambridge University Library in which the maps represent an earlier issue. Unfortunately, it lacks a title page. This work however does have a title and the state of the plates appears to match. This therefore is the only known complete example. The title on the cover refers to 55 maps and that it is for sale at ‘7/6’. Burden (1994) 62A; Burgess (Kent) 91A.
Stock number: 9810

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