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In 1812 James Wallis (fl.1810-25) published ‘Wallis’s New British Atlas’, the largest of three county atlases he produced. It is believed he was born in Southampton in 1784. He was apprenticed to John Roper in 1799 and freed on 5 February 1811. He started out as an engraver becoming a bookseller, printer, stationer and publisher. The maps are derived from those from George Cole and John Roper’s ‘British Atlas’ of 1810, themselves derived from John Cary. Wallis did however claim that they were engraved in a ‘superior manner’. They were produced for Samuel Augustus Oddy whose publishing career appears to have been short. There was a later edition by Wallis himself c.1814. By 1819 the plates were in the hands of George Ellis whose ‘New and Correct Atlas of England and Wales’ offered here, was published in that year. Although Wallis’s name is retained on the maps as engraver, all of the imprints below the maps have been removed with the usual exception of Lancashire and Warwickshire. Those of Berkshire, Cornwall and Lancashire have above them ‘Second Edition with Considerable Improvements and Additions, by G. Hebert, Geographer’. In earlier examples of this work the label on the cover includes a higher price. Here it is reduced from 3L.3s.0d to ‘L2.I2.6.’ Provenance: inscription of Gertrude J. Coles on original front free endpaper. Batten & Bennett (1996) no. 78; Chubb (1927) 367; Tooley’s Dictionary (1999-2004); Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).
ELLIS, George

Ellis's New and Correct Atlas of England and Wales being an Entire New Set of County Maps, Exhibiting All the direct & principal Cross Roads, Cities, Towns ...

G. Ellis, No. 5. Smith's Square, Westminster, London, [1819]
Small folio (300 x 235 mm.), modern quarter cloth, marbled paper boards, retaining publisher’s morocco calf gilt label priced ‘L2. 12s. 6D.’. With engraved title and 45 engraved maps, comprising a general map of England and Wales opposite engraved title, 42 engraved maps of the English counties and maps of North and South Wales, all in early wash colour, a leaf of descriptive text accompanies each map, pp. 2, (26), (14), in good condition.
Stock number: 10245

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