Octavo (215 x 155 mm.), contemporary half calf, blue cloth boards, blind ruled rebound in red calf, spine with raised bands, blind ruled compartments, gilt title, marbled endpapers. With typographic half title, title, List of Maps, pp. xi, (1), 10 and 89 part printed and part hand coloured maps, several general maps and town plans along with the counties, mostly double page, North Riding of Yorkshire with tape repair, West Riding west split, 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 the one edition of this work. The new address for the firm has been added by hand below the printed one on the title and reads ‘now 1897, at 26 & 27 Cockspur Street, Charing Cross’. Provenance: with ownership inscriptions on title ‘S. F. Creswell, DD., Northrepps; Tu. Novr 10th, 1885’. Carroll (1996) 138; Tooley’s Dictionary (1999-2004); Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).