Quarto (245 x 150 mm.), full contemporary diced russia calf, rebacked with black calf gilt title label, marbled endpapers. With typographic title page, Address, Index and 12 county sections with their own pagination and accompanying folding map (except Rutland which is combined with Leicestershire), 11 engraved county maps, all in early outline colour, list of Bankers, very large section of advertisers, the outer edge of some maps browned, a few with restoration, lacking general map, otherwise in good condition.
FIRST EDITION. The maps in this Directory were engraved by James Pigot (1769-1843). He began as an engraver and printer in Manchester before moving to London. In 1811 he started his own business and concentrated from 1822 on publishing directories of the whole country. In 1826-27 he published one of the Home Counties which was according to the title ’embellished with a new series of Elegant Maps …’ An advert in 1829 indicated that the full series of maps were available bound up separately in an atlas. Editions continued to be published through 1842. In the interim the maps were constantly updated with Polling Stations data relating to the Reform Act of 1832 and of course the expanding railway network. The maps were based on those of John Cary published in 1809. They are believed to be the first engraved on steel and each contains attractive vignette scenes of the county.
Isaac Slater joined in partnership from about 1839 until Pigot’s death in 1843. Pigot’s directories often combined with various neighbouring counties. This combination of counties was first published here, in 1850 by Slater. The detail provided for each county is remarkable and provides considerable research material. At the end of the work is a large 15 page list of London and Provincial bankers. This is followed by exactly 200 pages of wonderful adverts placed by various trades. Beresiner (1983) pp. 177-80; Carroll (1996) 88; Smith (1982) pp. 187-9; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).