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The Mapping of North America

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The plates for this VERY RARE atlas are by Joshua Archer (1792?-1863) and were first published in William Pinnock’s ‘Guide to Knowledge’, 1833. What is unusual about them for this period is that they were produced using woodblocks. The maps were the work of Joshua Archer (1792?-1863) and Selena Hall (fl.1831-53, the widow of the engraver Sidney Hall. Archer was declared bankrupt shortly after in 1835 and was in prison for debt again in 1845. Here the process used by Thomas Johnson for the ‘Atlas of England’, published in Manchester in 1847, is a lithographic transfer. A Thomas Johnson is recorded as being a bookseller, stationer, bookbinder, printer and publisher in Liverpool between 1833-43. This is possibly the same Johnson as our publisher after a move to Manchester. Lithography preserves the original block or plate from excessive wear and allows an extended life. For this atlas the existence of some of the early railways is recorded. One further edition appeared in 1863 surviving in just two known examples. Provenance: Sotheby’s 11 March 1994 lot 670; Burden collection duplicate. Carroll (1996) no. 98; Chubb (1927) no. 523; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).

Johnson's Atlas of England; With all the Railways Containing Forty Two Separate Maps of the Counties and Islands

Thos. Johnson, Manchester, 1847
Quarto (280 x 220 mm.), full contemporary cloth binding, ornate blind panelling, central gilt title set within gilt vignette, partially rebacked, light wear. With lithographic title page, contents leaf and 42 full early outline colour maps, interleaved, old newspaper clippings pasted on first two maps, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 10810
£ 850
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