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A fine road book featuring a complete set of English county maps by Charles Cooke (1750-1816). The plates are like those in Wallis’s ‘New Pocket Edition’ of c.1812. He was a bookseller who succeeded his father in Paternoster Row around 1789. The maps were originally published in ‘Cooke’s Modern British Traveller’ of 1802-10 with text written by George Alexander Cooke. They were not related. It was issued in 25 volumes. Following Charles Cooke’s death, the plates were published by Sherwood, Neely and Jones in ‘Topography of Great Britain or British Traveller’s Directory’ in 1817. The text was updated and published ‘by Assignment from the Executors of the late C. Cooke’.

George Carrington Gray’s ‘Book of Roads’ was available according to the initial title page ‘Price Seven Shillings Bound; or, With a Series of Maps, Forming a Complete County Atlas, Twelve Shillings Bound’. This also includes a nice little vignette scene of a rider paying at a toll-gate. With extensive details of the roads followed by the county atlas and an Index. The maps are unaltered from earlier issues beyond the addition of a plate number. About the compiler Gray, little is known. The Preface states that he is aware of the ‘two books of established reputation on the subject, those of Paterson and Carey’. He goes on to state that ‘a third book … may also possess advantages, exclusively its own’. There follows an extensive description of these beginning ‘we are enabled to concentrate and bring under the immediate notice of the traveller, at one reference from the General Index, the various lines of route leading to any required point of distance …’ It appears an early owner might have been a doctor. The first free endpaper includes a manuscript list of items to take on his travels. Provenance: booksellers label inside front cover of E. Collings, Bath; inscription inside upper cover of A Landon?; private English collection. Carroll (1996) no. 63; Chubb (1927) 392; Fordham (1924) p. 58; Tooley’s Dictionary (1999-2004).
GRAY, George Carrington

Gray's New Book of Roads. The Tourist and Travellers Guide to the Roads of England and Wales, and Part of Scotland

Sherwood, Jones, and Co. Paternoster Row, London, 1824
Octavo (145 x 120 mm.), contemporary half calf, with marbled paper boards, rebacked with matching spine, gilt ruled compartments, each with central gilt star feature, gilt title. With typographic title with a woodcut vignette, further typographic title as above, pp. (2), (viii), 86, (70), (28) with 49 further maps (3 folding) in early outline colour, Index general map opposite ‘Reference to the Maps’ numbered ‘0’, maps numbered to 47 including 40 counties, 3 of Yorkshire Ridings, Lake District, South Scotland, North and South Wales and the Isle of Thanet unnumbered but ’48’ in the list of contents, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 10238


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