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In 1820 Samuel Leigh (fl.1812-d.31) published the ‘Picture of England and Wales’. It included one general map only, but stated ‘The proprietor has availed himself of the talents of Mr. Sidney Hall to project a series of correct county maps, the same size as this book, which may be had in a separate volume, with a complete Index of the towns, villages, etc.’. ‘Leigh’s New Picture of England and Wales’ was published in the same year. It was a miniature county atlas which proved successful. Sidney Hall (1788?-1831) engraved the series of maps which were derived from those of John Cary. Hall was a prolific engraver of the period and according to Worms and Baynton-Williams ‘was almost certainly the first engraver to use the new harder steel plates for map work, using plates manufactured by the Jacob Perkins process as early as 1821’.

In 1825 Leigh published an accompanying ‘New Pocket Road Book’ which can be found alone or bound with this atlas as here. The extensive text provides fascinating descriptions of towns and places. Later editions of the atlas are rarely found without the road book, this being the sixth edition published in 1837. Provenance: ownership inscription of S. J. Macomb?; ex libris Susan Grand D’Hauteville; bookplate of Donald Hodson collection. Chubb (1927) 379; Fordham (1924) p. 58; Tooley’s Dictionary (1999-2004); Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).

LEIGH, Samuel

Leigh's New Pocket Road-Book of England and Wales and part of Scotland

London, 1837
Sextodecimo (145 x 90 mm.), full contemporary green morocco, with gilt title to upper board, spine with gilt ruled compartments and titles, light wear. Frontispiece ‘Table of the Price of Posting’, letterpress title to ‘Road-Book’, ‘Preface to the first edition’, ‘Preface to the fifth and sixth edition’, engraved frontispiece title to ‘New-Atlas’, pp. vi, 511, (1), 4, with 55 county maps, folding general map of England and Wales in early outline and wash colour a little worn, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 9558
£ 150
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