Folio (350 x 275 mm.), full contemporary publisher’s red cloth binding with extremely ornate black embossed decoration to the upper board with gilt titles, spine with black panelled title and decoration top and bottom. With typographic title, Preface and Contents, pp. liv, with 68 maps comprising 4 general, 1 world, 47 on the English counties, 3 regional maps each of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland and 4 on London, all in original wash colour, in good condition.
The first issue of these maps was for The Weekly Dispatch between 1856 and 1862 and first appeared as The Dispatch Atlas in 1863. Soon the plates passed to the publishers Cassell, Petter and Galpin before arriving with George W. Bacon and Co. George Washington Bacon (1830-1922) was proposed by Edward Stanford to be a member of the Royal Geographical Society in 1866, a year before he went bankrupt. He returned by 1869. These maps were utilised in many ways but were continually updated as the railway network expanded. His first publication with them was as Bacon’s County Atlas in 1869 and under this title in 1895, the date of accession by the British Museum. Carroll (1996) 120; refer Chubb (1927) 551; Smith (1993).