Quarto (205 x 165 mm.), one part (of five) contemporary paper wrappers, with ornate printed title to upper wrapper and advert to the lower one. With 8 early wash coloured lithographic plates, 2 pasted to insides of the covers, each with accompanying leaf of descriptive text.
Reuben Ramble (1810-75) designed this atlas for children and it is now highly desired. The maps were originally published as a set of exceedingly rare card maps of the counties by Thomas Crabb circa 1819. They were then issued by Robert Miller as the ‘New Miniature Atlas’ of 1821. Here Ramble surrounds the wide margins of the maps with a series of ornate vignettes. Ramble’s name is a pseudonym for the Reverend Samuel Clark who left his father’s business in 1836 and went to London. He soon became a partner to William Darton. He went on to write geography books for children and later in life became the Rector of Eaton-Bishop. The bibliographies normally place a date of c.1845 on this work however we have owned an example of the Western part bearing the ownership inscription dated 1843. Issued in five parts that offered here is of the Eastern Counties which include Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Norfolk, Rutland, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire. Carroll (1996) 74B; Chubb (1927) 517.