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George Frederick Cruchley (1797-1880) had learned his trade with Aaron Arrowsmith and began to work for himself in 1823. His early days were concentrated on publishing maps of London but following the death of John Cary in 1834 he acquired much of the stock from the surviving heirs. Cruchley made lithographic transfers from the plates. Cruchley’s main marketing tool was to add to the original plates, details of the railways, postal, telegraph and other useful information. These plates were originally published by Cary as the ‘New and Correct English Atlas’, 1809. Although quite probably acquired at an earlier date Cruchley does not appear to have made use of them until 1863 when he first published the ‘County Atlas of England & Wales’. The importance of the railways was such by now that they are specifically referred to in the title. Each map has a new title, and the railways are added. A rare work, only four examples are known.

There were further dated editions of 1864 and 1875 with undated issues in-between. All editions are rare. Provenance: inscription of title page of ‘J. J. Rubertin’; Donald Hodson collection (1933-2016), carto-bibliographer, acquired prior to 1969. Beresiner pp. 93-5; not in Chubb; Nicholson (2003) ‘G. F. Cruchley and ‘Maps for the Million’, in IMCoS Journal 93 pp. 21-38; Smith ‘George Frederick Cruchley, 1796-1880’, in ‘The Map Collector’ no. 49 pp. 16-22.

CRUCHLEY, George Frederick

Cruchley's County Atlas of England & Wales Shewing all the Railways & Stations ...

G. F. Cruchley, Map Seller & Globe Maker, 81, Fleet Street, London, c.1870
Quarto (230 x 160 mm.), full contemporary limp black calf, gilt title to spine, marbled endpapers. With lithographic title page and index, and 47 lithographic maps, comprising a general map of England and Wales (centrefold damage), 43 county maps on 44 plates (West Riding being on two plates) and both North and South Wales, all in early outline colour, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 9585
£ 350
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