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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 until he sold them all in 1877. 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 published the ‘County Atlas of England & Wales’. There were further undated editions of c.1864 as here, c.1868 and a final one dated 1875. All issues are rare. Provenance: with attractive railway engine bookplate of P. H. Edwards pasted inside upper cover; private English collection. Beresiner (1983) pp. 93-5; not in Chubb; Nicholson (2003) ‘G. F. Cruchley and ‘Maps for the Million’, in IMCoS Journal 93 pp. 21-38; Smith (1989b) ‘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, London, c.1864
Quarto (235 x 150 mm.), full contemporary dark blue calf, rebacked in cloth with a recent saddlebag cloth flap and new endpapers. With title page, Index and 47 lithographic maps comprising a general map of England and Wales, 43 county maps on 44 plates (West Riding being on two plates) and both North and South Wales, all in early outline colour, otherwise generally fine.
Stock number: 9808


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