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The Mapping of North America

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A VERY RARE WORK. The maps were originally published as a set of exceedingly rare card maps of the counties by Thomas Crabb. They were then issued by Robert Miller as the ‘New Miniature Atlas’ of 1821. The plates were then acquired by the great publishing house of William Darton [1755-1819], by now in the hands of his son also William [1781-1854]. They were issued as ‘Darton’s New Miniature Atlas’ undated although post-dating 1821. This date is referred to in the text of the Yorkshire map when citing the census of that year. It was most likely issued as a reduced compliment to the folio ‘Complete Atlas of the English Counties’ dated 1822.

These plates were famously issued later in the much better-known atlas by Reuben Ramble (1810-75), whose name is a pseudonym for the Reverend Samuel Clark. He became a partner to William Darton, and in 1843 he would publish the famous ‘Reuben’s Rambles’ in which he surrounds the wide margins of the maps with a series of ornate vignettes. William Darton, the founder, was a Quaker and engraver who established a bookshop in the City of London in 1787. As a publisher of prints and books, his work was intended for a youthful audience. His son, also William, began independently of his father marketing to the same age group. Provenance: Peter Crooke bequest to Brentford Public Library; private English collection. Carroll (1996) 74.iv; Chubb (1927) 341; Tooley (1999-2004); Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).
DARTON, William

Darton's new Miniature Atlas, containing a complete set of County Maps, in which are Carefully Delineated All the Principal Direct & Cross Roads

William Darton, 58, Holborn Hill, London, c.1822
Octavo (155 x 95 mm.), modern quarter calf, marbled paper boards, blind ruled with blind floral feature top and bottom, gilt ruled spine with blind decoration to compartments, gilt embossed title. Engraved title, engraved Index, 56 early wash coloured maps, each accompanied by a numbered chapter of descriptive text, including a plan of London, 3 general maps, 40 English counties and 12 Welsh. With stamps to the maps in the margin, many extremely faint, otherwise in excellent condition.
Stock number: 9196


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