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RODWELL, Mary Martha

The Geography of the British Isles, Interspersed with many Historical Facts and Biographical Sketches

Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman, Paternoster-Row, London, 1834
Octavo (190 x 110 mm. each), volume one only, full contemporary green cloth, spine with publisher’s paper title label affixed. With typographic title page, pp. xiv, (2), 318, with 27 (of 59) plates each with 2 maps, otherwise in very good condition.
Despite being only one volume of two, this includes the complete SET OF ENGLISH AND WELSH COUNTIES, and maps of the Isle of Man and Channel Islands. The purpose of this work is an educational one to test the knowledge of children. It is laid out ‘in the form of a dialogue between a mother [Mrs Rowe] and her two children [Anna and George]’. Each map is accompanied by short description of the region and then the conversation. The maps themselves are very simple with no scale or words beyond the county name. Because of the nature of the scale of the maps they are all keyed with numbers and letters to the text. We know little about the author Mary Martha Rodwell, the British Book Trade Index give her the address of 46 New Bond Street. She is the only women to have her own English County atlas. Bound at the beginning is a list of 221 subscribers for 273 copies. Here we find listed several Rodwell’s, mostly in Suffolk. A very rare work. Provenance: with stamp of W.E. Marshall inside upper cover; private English collection. Batten & Bennett (2008) 112; Carroll (1996) 103; Chubb (1927) 458c.
Stock number: 10295

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