Oblong quarto (235 x 375 mm.), recent half calf, marbled paper boards revealing original paper title to upper cover, ornate gilt ruled, with blind ruled compartments to the spine. With engraved title page and 53 maps all in early wash colour, title with old crease and light finger stain to margin, otherwise in good condition.
THE FIRST EDITION. Edward Langley (fl.1802-1827) became an established publisher and bookseller, he was also a printer and engraver. He joined in partnership with William Belch in 1805 and together they would publish ‘Langley’s New County Atlas of England and Wales’ in 1818. Most of the maps are variously dated between 1817 and 1818 with that of Kent dated 1816. They include a general map of England and Wales, 40 maps of the English counties and 12 of the Welsh counties. Each has an attractive vignette adorning the map. The atlas sold for £2 12s 6d according to the pasted label affixed to the upper board. In 1819, the partnership went into bankruptcy and the atlas was acquired by Joseph Phelps. One of the more desirable decorative English County atlases of the nineteenth century. Chubb (1927) 359; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).