Duodecimo (145 x 90 mm.), early half calf, marbled paper boards, gilt ruled spine, later front endpaper. With engraved title, engraved Index and 56 copper plate maps, one or two with finger soiling such as to Herefordshire, ‘A Catalogue of Books & Fancy Articles’ pp. 11, in good condition.
Robert Miller (fl.1810-21) was a publisher and bookseller who was behind only this one cartographic item. The maps were first issued as an exceedingly rare set of cards by Thomas Crabb c.1819. This first atlas edition was originally dated to c.1810 by Whittaker but it was later noted that the multi-page advert bound into the back offers portraits of the late George III and George IV meaning it had to have been issued in or after 1820. The ensuing edition by William Darton entitled ‘New Miniature Atlas’ is given the date c.1822. In 1823, he changed address. The plates are probably most recognisable in their final lithographic guise published in ‘Reuben Ramble’s Travels Through the Counties of England’. Provenance: private English collection. Beresiner (1983) p. 154; Carroll (1996) 74; Chubb (1927) 340.