Octavo (155 x 115 mm.), full contemporary green cloth binding, with pasted paper title label to upper board, rebacked preserving original spine, gilt ruled top and bottom. With general map of England and Wales, letterpress title page, Preface dated 1819, Contents, List of Mail-Coaches and 42 maps of the counties and North and South Wales, as called for, each with leaf of descriptive text, Yorkshire is folding, otherwise in good condition.
This fine little series of maps was first published by James Wallis (fl.1810-25) as ‘Wallis’ New Pocket Edition of the English Counties or Traveller’s Companion’ c.1812. 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 plates 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 calling for 44 maps as originally published by Wallis, there are only 43. Provenance: with ink inscription inside front cover of ‘Harry Robertson 13 Mill Lane Sharnford’; pencil inscription inside back cover ‘John Robertson Hilltop Sharnford Hinckley Leicestershire’; private English collection. Carroll (1996) 68; Chubb (1927) 365; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).