Quarto (285 x 200 mm.), full contemporary publisher’s red cloth binding, with black embossed panel work to upper board with central gilt title, blind work to final board, patterned endpapers. With frontispiece double page general map of England and Wales, pp. (4), 62, with 57 further single and double page maps of the counties all on one scale as stated on the title page, in good condition.
The successful firm of W. & A. K. Johnston was founded by Sir William Johnston and was based in Edinburgh from 1825. The following year he was joined by his brother Alexander Keith Johnston. The maps for this atlas which appeared in just the one edition are lithographic transfers from the Modern Map of England and Wales by the Johnston brothers issued the same year. Provenance:with inscription of Mrs Croft, Cambrai on recto of first map along with Peter Thorpe and G. Williams; private English collection. Carroll (1996) no. 146; Shirley (2000) ‘Berghaus and Johnston: Pioneers of the Thematic Atlas’, in IMCoS Journal no. 83 pp. 31-5; Smith, David. (2000). ‘The Business of ‘W. & A. K. Johnston’ 1826-1901′, in IMCoS Journal no. 82 pp. 9-19; Smith, David. (2001). ‘The Cartography of ‘W. & A. K. Johnston’ 1826-1901′, in IMCoS Journal no. 86 pp. 5-16.