Folio (345 x 280 mm.), contemporary half green calf, green cloth boards, blind ruled, spine with blind ruling top and bottom and gilt ruled title, light wear. With typographic title page, pp. (3), lvii, with 100 maps comprising, 2 general, 47 on the English counties, 4 each of Wales, Scotland and Ireland, 2 geological, 18 town plans, 4 sheet London, 2 sheet Liverpool, 8 of city environs and 5 of islands, all in original wash colour, endpapers a little creased, otherwise in good condition.
The first issue of these maps was for ‘The Weekly Dispatch’ between 1856 and 1862 and first appeared as ‘The Dispatch Atlas’ in 1863. Soon the plates passed to the publishers Cassell, Petter and Galpin before arriving with George W. Bacon and Co. George Washington Bacon (1830-1922) was proposed by Edward Stanford to be a member of the Royal Geographical Society in 1866, a year before he went bankrupt. He returned by 1869. These maps were utilised in many ways but were continually updated as the railway network expanded. His first publication with them was as ‘Bacon’s County Atlas’ in 1869 and under this title in 1883, the date of accession by the British Museum. This example once belonged to Frederick DuCane Godman (1834-1919), a famous lepidopterist, entomologist and ornithologist. Provenance: with bookplate of Frederick DuCane Godman pasted inside upper cover; private English collection. Carroll (1996) 120; refer Chubb (1927) 551; Smith (1993).