Octavo (185 x 125 mm.), contemporary half calf, marbled paper boards, spine with gilt ruled bands and title. With 1 double page engraved general map, typographic title page, 2 page advert, 32 page index, 42 single-page engraved road strips (3 strips on each), and a single page map of the Isle of Wight, an Errata slip bound at the front, with some light foxing, otherwise in good condition.
FIRST EDITION. Charles Smith is perhaps best known for the ‘New English Atlas’ published in 1804. Smith went on to specialise in British publications. A quarto sized version of the atlas was first published in 1822. In 1826 he published ‘Smith’s New Pocket Companion to the Roads’, the work offered here. It was based on the road strips of John Ogilby and here 3 strips appear to the page. They are similar to those of Laurie and Whittle in that the point of origin for each plate’s measurement is at the foot of each plate. They were all engraved by J. Gardner. There were three further editions appearing in 1827, 1830 and 1835. The scarcity of the work indicates that it was not a great success when measured against the main competition of the day, Laurie and Whittle’s ‘New Traveller’s Companion’. Carroll Appendix 18; Chubb 402; Fordham Roads p. 60.