Octavo (215 x 140 mm.), contemporary publisher’s quarter red calf, red cloth boards, gilt ruled with gilt map on upper board and globe on lower one, spine with title. With typographic half title, title, List of Maps, pp. xi, (1), 330, with 89 part printed and part hand coloured maps, several general maps and town plans along with the counties, mostly double page, Lancashire loose with some margin damage, otherwise in good condition.
Edward Stanford (1827-1904) is a name many are familiar with, not least because the business he began still exists. He began his career working with various stationers and went into a short lived partnership as Saunders & Stanford 1852-53. He began his own business in 1857 which grew rapidly. By 1861 he was employing 41 people and 71 by 1871. He acquired the stock of John Arrowsmith in 1874. Edward Stanford Junior (1856-1917) was working with him by 1881 and on 1 January 1882 he passed control to him.
The maps to this county atlas are lithographic transfers from Stanford’s Library Map of England & Wales first published in about 1881 and drawn from the Ordnance Survey. A wonderful atlas detailing in maps all aspects of the country, both physical and human. There is only one edition of this work. Provenance: with ownership inscriptions on half title of ‘W.H. Kelland. 5 Belveder, Southsea, Hants’; Tu. Novr 10th, 1885′. Carroll (1996) 138; Tooley’s Dictionary (1999-2004); Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).