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: William and Victoria Dailey, Los Angeles; Bernard Quaritch Ltd. (pencil collation inscription on final free endpaper, 1984); private English collection; Clive A. Burden Ltd. Catalogue V (2010) item 43; private English collection. Carroll (1996) no. 98; Chubb (1927) no. 523; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).