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The copper plates for this work were first published as the ‘British Atlas’ by John Walker (1787-1873) and his brother Charles Walker (1799?-1872) in 1837. They inherited the engraving firm of their father, John Walker I (fl.1783-1831) who was chiefly known for his work with the Admiralty. From 1849 lithographic transfers were made in partnership with William Colling Hobson (fl.c.1832-d.c.1878) to create ‘Hobson’s Fox Hunting Atlas’, another atlas which was successful. Each county map is overprinted in blue with the local hunts, each with coloured border, and the meeting places identified by a small grey circle.

Whilst the ‘British Atlas’ contained 47 maps originally, those of Wales and the general map were not included in the ‘Fox-Hunting Atlas.’ None of the editions is dated and assessing this is based on the display of the railway network on the maps which is not an exact science. Hodson dated this example to c.1860. Provenance: ‘Officer Mead … 5th November 1868’ inscribed on Reference leaf; bookplate of Francis Horner Reynard (1857-1931) affixed inside upper board; Donald Hodson collection (1933-2016), carto-bibliographer. Beresiner (1983) pp. 232-3; Carroll (1996) 105; refer Chubb 532; Hodson (1974) 103; Tooley’s Dictionary (1999-2004); Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).

WALKER, John & Charles

Hobson' s Fox-Hunting Atlas; Containing Separate Maps of Every County in England, and The Three Ridings of Yorkshire

J. and C. Walker, 9, Castle Street, Holborn, London, c.1860
Folio (360 x 250 mm.), contemporary half red calf, cloth boards, ornate gilt ruled, ornate gilt title to upper board, spine with gilt ruled raised bands, gilt titles, marbled endpapers. With typographic title page, Reference to the Hunts as final leaf with some reinforcement to lower margin, and 42 lithographic maps in early outline colour, East Riding with some light reinforcement to margins, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 9570
£ 650
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