Quarto (215 x 165 mm.), full contemporary red cloth, with blind panelling to boards, each corner with ornate blind decoration, gilt embossed title to upper board, rebacked with gilt embossed title to spine. Five parts in one volume, with pictorial frontispiece and title apparently inserted, further letterpress title, Preface and 40 early wash coloured lithographic plates. 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: with hard to read inscription inside front cover ‘… from her Aunt, Thea Grey. July 10th 52’; additional bookplate of ‘Pegge of Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire’ pasted on front free endpaper; private English collection. Carroll (1996) 74B; Chubb (1927) 517.