Small folio (370 x 275 mm.), full contemporary cloth, blind ruled, gilt titles to upper board, spine with blind ruled compartments, gilt titles, light wear. With typographic title page, Contents, pp. 106, with 48 double page early wash coloured maps comprising 43 of the counties (Lancashire in 2, Leicester and Rutland combined, Yorkshire in 4), north and south Wales and 3 of islands, otherwise in good condition.
George Philip (1800-82) was born in Aberdeenshire and left in 1819 for Liverpool. He joined his brother who was a minister in the city. He began working with a bookseller before opening his own shop in 1834. His son George joined him in 1848. The maps here were first issued as loose sheets with covers but in 1865 were bound together as Philips’ Atlas of the Counties of England. They were the work of Edward Weller and derived from those in the Weekly Dispatch Atlas recently published. Here he ‘was more selective in the detail he showed … and produced a map with perhaps greater clarity’ (Carroll). In 1885 this ‘New Edition’ was published ‘with a complete consulting index by John Bartholomew’ in 48 pages. Provenance: unidentified bookplate with name effaced, motto ‘Spernit Inertiam’; private English collection. Carroll (1996) 123; Smith (1985) pp. 147-9; Smith (1987); Tooley’s Dictionary (1999-2004); Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).