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From 1799 the Post Office began to produce ‘Directories’. By 1835 they were sold to Frederic Kelly who continued to publish them for each county as ‘Kelly’s Post Office Directory’. Frederic Festus Kelly (d.1883) began working for the Post Office in 1819 and by about 1835 was chief inspector of letter carriers. Part of his responsibilities at this point was the production of the ‘London Directory’, the first being in 1843. Effectively it was a private enterprise but undertaken with the permission of the Post Office. In 1845 he published one of the six Home Counties which included maps for the first time. Over the ensuing years several others were published of parts of the country.

They were engraved by Francis Becker (1807-63) and Benjamin Rees Davies (1789?-1872). All of them were gathered into the ‘Post Office Directory Atlas of England and Wales’, [1861]. Each map is entitled ‘Post Office Map of …’ and contains political data as well as denoting Post Office Mail Order Towns. Whilst the atlas was never reissued, Kelly’s Directories continued publication of the maps for some time and only ceased publication in the 1970s. This example includes the counties of East Anglia bound with the ‘Six Home Counties’. Beresiner (1983) pp. 128-9; refer Carroll (1996) 116; refer Chubb (1927) 546; Hodson (1974) 107D; Kingsley (1982) 115C; Smith (1985) pp. 141-2; Tooley’s Dictionary (1999-2004); Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).
KELLY and Co.

Post Office Directory of Cambridge, Norfolk, and Suffolk with Essex, Herts, Kent, Middlesex, Surrey and Sussex, the Maps Engraved Expressly for the Work. Subscribers' Copy

Kelly & Co., 19 & 20, Old Boswell Court, Temple Bar, London, 1853
Octavo (240 x 165 mm.), full modern red cloth, spine retaining the original cloth gilt title label. With general typographic title, pp. xii, 679, (1), (2), 7-1198, 34, with 9 double page maps, some trimming to the side margins, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 10341


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