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PHILIP, George & Son

Philips' Handy Atlas of the Counties of England. by John Bartholomew, F. R. G. S. New and Enlarged Edition, with Consulting Index [bound with] Philips' Handy Atlas of the Counties of Scotland [with] Philips' Handy Atlas of the Counties of Ireland

George Philip & Son, 32, Fleet Street. Liverpool: Caxton Buildings, South John Street. and 49 & 51, South Castle Street, London, 1882
Octavo, 3 works bound as one (185 x 125 mm.), later full red calf, spine with raised bands, ornate blind ruled compartments, gilt ruled titles etc., marled edged, marbled endpapers. With typographic title and Contents leaves, pp. (4), (2), 45, (1), 43 printed wash coloured maps comprising 1 general, 37 county, north and south Wales and 3 of islands; typographic title and Contents leaves to Scotland, pp. (4), (2), 34, 32 printed wash coloured maps comprising 1 general and 31 counties; typographic title and Contents leaves to Ireland, pp. (4), (2), 41, (5), 33 printed wash coloured maps comprising 1 general and 32 counties, in good condition.
A fine example of all three Handy Atlases bound together. 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. In 1865 the firm published in small folio Philips’ Atlas of the Counties of England. Presumably encouraged, the Philips’ Handy Atlas was published in 1873 in octavo format. It proved in more popular being issued on a virtual annual basis into the twentieth century.

The maps are the work of John George Bartholomew (1831-93). He was the inventor of layer colouring, which was first introduced in his maps in 1888. Many of them were first published separately with cover and accompanying text for school use. Many would be published in other works such as Directories. Three additional maps of the Isles of Wight, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are now included. A large index is also now provided. This example is bound together with the Handy Atlases of Scotland and Ireland. Batton & Bennett (2010) 147; Carroll (1996) 123; Smith (1985) pp. 147-9; Smith (1987); Smith (1988); Tooley’s Dictionary (1999-2004); Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).
Stock number: 10321

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