Quarto (220 x 175 mm.), full contemporary red cloth, ornate blind ruling to boards, gilt embossed title to upper board, gilt embossed title to spine, worn. Five parts in one volume, with pictorial frontispiece and title and 40 early wash coloured lithographic plates. Small tear to the lower margin of Cheshire, some light offsetting as usual, otherwise a good example.
Reuben Ramble designed this atlas for children but it is now highly desired. The maps were originally published by Robert Miller as the ‘New Miniature Atlas’ of 1821. Prior to that they were utilised as a set of exceedingly rare card maps of the counties by Thomas Crabb. Here Ramble surrounds the wide margins of the maps with a series of ornate vignettes. The reference works normally place a date of c.1845 on this work however we have had examples with ownership inscriptions dated 14 December 1844. Ramble, whose name is a pseudonym for the Reverend Samuel Clark (1810-75), 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. Provenance: partially erased ownership inscription of ‘Master J. H. Thomas 6.9.80’ inside front cover; ownership label of Arthur R. Rodgers pasted inside front cover. Carroll (1996) 74B; Chubb (1927) 517.