Quarto (205 x 160 mm.), contemporary half calf, red cloth boards with ornate gilt ruling, gilt title embossed on the upper board, rebacked with raised bands, blind ruled compartments. With pictorial frontispiece and title, 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 it, however the work is made up of five parts the Western part of which is dated to 1843. We have also had an example of this atlas bearing an ownership inscription 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 inscription on verso of frontispiece ‘Daniel Collyer Impington 1855 from John … formerly his book’ and on front free endpaper ‘Daniel Collyer Impington Hall Cambs. 1855’; private English collection. Carroll (1996) 74B; Chubb (1927) 517.