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Sidney Hall (1788?-1831) began his career as an engraver for the Arrowsmith family. Hall was a prolific engraver of the period and according to Worms and Baynton-Williams ‘was almost certainly the first engraver to use the new harder steel plates for map work, using plates manufactured by the Jacob Perkins process as early as 1821’. His first county maps were those published by Samuel Leigh in 1820 in ‘Leigh’s New Picture of England and Wales’, a miniature county atlas which proved a success.

This series of maps was engraved for John Gorton’s ‘Topographical Dictionary’ issued in parts from 1831-32. The publishers Chapman and Hall, there is no known familial link between the two Hall’s. We cannot conclude for sure that Sidney Hall engraved all of the plates as his will was proved 26 March 1831. The dates on the maps vary between 1830 and 1832. His widow Selina Hall was also an engraver and as she signed hers ‘S. Hall’ it is difficult to tell.

The first edition of the maps in an atlas was the ‘British Atlas’ offered here first published by Chapman and Hall in 1833. For this the date in the imprints was updated to 1833 and one or two minor alterations made to the plates. The maps are bound alphabetically with those of Yorkshire, Ireland, Scotland and Wales consisting of two plates here made up as one double page. A final general map of ‘Inland Navigation’ backed on cloth is found at the end with a four-sheet list of canals and railways. As early as 1833 the list records 36 railways, each recording the date of opening. Provenance: Donald Hodson collection (1933-2016), carto-bibliographer. Carroll (1996) 94; Chubb (1927) 451; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).

HALL, Sidney

Sidney Hall's British Atlas

Chapman & Hall 186, Strand, London, 1833
FIRST EDITION. Quarto (315 x 240 mm.), contemporary quarter green calf, red cloth embossed boards, with gilt title to the upper board, with ribbed spine, blind ruled compartments, gilt title. With engraved title page, List of Maps and 47 steel engraved maps on 54 sheets all in full early wash colour, Yorkshire, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales double page, Inland Navigation backed on linen and loose, each accompanied by descriptive text, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 9553
£ 495
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