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TYMMS, Samuel

The Family Topographer: Being A Compendious Account of the Antient and Present State of the Counties of England

J. B. Nichols and Son, 25, Parliament Street, London, 1832-43
Octavo, 7 volumes (175 x 110 mm.), each in full contemporary cloth binding, extensive blind panelling, ornate blind ruled compartments to spines with gilt titles, binders label inside back board of first volume ‘Bound by Bone & Son, 76, Fleet Street, London’. Typographic half title and title to first volume, the remaining volumes each with 1 typographic title page, pp. (2), xii, (2), 224; (2), iv, (2), 296; (6), 223; (6), 296; (6), 40, 30, 40, 40, 30, 10, 36, (2), 46, (6); (6), 39, (1), 31, (1), 43, (1), 43, (1), 28, vii, (1), 112; (6), 92, 172. With 41 engraved maps. In good condition.
Although this series of maps does not readily identify the engraver they are the work of James Cox (fl.1815-41). A distinction of these maps is that the county capital bears the distance from London whereas all other towns the distance from the county capital. Their first issue identifies the publisher as John Bumpus, believed to be the brother of Thomas Bumpus, founder of the well-known booksellers of the same name still in operation. John Bumpus drowned himself in the Surrey Canal in 1832 leaving a widow and six children.

The first identified use of the maps is in ‘Crosby’s Complete Pocket Gazetteer of England and Wales’. The first edition of 1807 only contained a general map. But despite not being called for the county maps are found in one example of the 1815 edition and one of the 1818 edition. In both, the majority of the maps are dated 1822. They next appear in Samuel Tymm’s ‘Family Topographer’ in which the volumes are organised by Circuits; the Home Circuit, Western Circuit, Norfolk Circuit, Oxford Circuit, Midland Circuit, Northern Circuit and Middlesex, London and Westminster. Provenance: with inscription of ‘C. H. Welyn White’ added to first free endpaper. Carroll (1996) no. 81; Chubb (1927) 441; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).
Stock number: 9245

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