Octavo (155 x 120 mm.) full contemporary green cloth binding, gilt rule top and bottom of the spine, with pasted paper title label to upper board. With general map of England and Wales, letterpress title page, Preface dated 1819, Contents, List of Mail-Coaches and 40 maps of the counties, maps of North and South Wales as called for, each with leaf of descriptive text, Yorkshire is folding.
This fine little series of maps was first published by James Wallis (fl.1810-25) c.1812 as ‘Wallis’ New Pocket Edition of the English Counties or Traveller’s Companion’. A further edition was published c.1814 before they were used in two works by Patrick Martin, the extremely rare ‘Sportsman’s Almanack’ and the ‘New Travellers Guide’. William Lewis (fl.1796-1838) acquired the plate’s c.1818 and immediately published this particular atlas in 1819. In 1835 Lewis re-titled the work as ‘Lewis’s New Traveller’s Guide, and Panorama of England & Wales’ with a new typographic title page. It was for sale at ‘Ten Shillings and Sixpence’ as stated on the cover title. A further edition was published in 1836, this being an example of the first edition. Despite the title calling for 44 maps as originally published by Wallis, there are only 43. Provenance: with pencil inscription of ‘T. A. Napier London December 3 1836’; ‘H. D. Durphy Oswego N.Y.’ in pencil inside upper cover; private English collection. Chubb (1927) 365.