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James Pigot (1769-1843) was born in Macclesfield and is first recorded in 1794 as an engraver and printer in Manchester. He engraved the map of Manchester for R. & W. Dean’s ‘Manchester Directory’ of 1804. In 1811 he began his own business but continued to issue the ‘Manchester Directory’ every two years in partnership with Dean. Moving to London, he opened premises at 24 Basing Lane and began publishing directories of the whole country. At this point he was trading as Pigot & Co. in partnership with the bookseller Charles Elkins of London. The partnership’s first directory was the ‘London and Provincial New Directory’ for 1822-23. The third edition of 1826-27 was according to the title ’embellished with a new series of Elegant Maps …’ however, it only contained those of the six home counties. Three parts were issued covering the whole country. An advert in 1829 indicated that the full series of maps were available bound up separately in an atlas. The first dated edition appeared in 1830.

The maps are believed to be derived from the folio maps of John Cary published in 1809. They are the first engraved on steel and each contains attractive vignette scenes of the county. Steel is a much harder metal than copper which enabled greater detail to be recorded on the map. It was also feasible to print in greater numbers without showing signs of wear. This examples dates to c.1841 based on the dating of 1840 on several maps. Provenance: Donald Hodson Collection (1933-2016), carto-bibliographer. Beresiner (1983) pp. 177-80; Carroll (1996) 88; Chubb (1927) 427; Darlington & Howgego (1964) no. 341.(4); Smith (1982) pp. 187-9; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).

PIGOT, James

Pigot & Cos. British Atlas, Comprising the Counties of England ...

Pigot & Co. 59, Fleet-Street, London, and Fountain-Street, Manchester, London, [1840]
Large quarto (410 x 295 mm.), fine recent burgundy half calf, marbled paper boards, blind ruled, spine with gilt title. With typographic title page, Address with Contents, double page ‘Reciprocal Distance Table’ with tables of routes on the recto and verso, 43 steel engraved maps in early outline colour, folding maps of England & Wales, Ireland, and Scotland all dated 1840, Yorkshire and Environs of London folding, light staining to Lincolnshire, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 9565
£ 1,450
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