Folio (395 x 250 mm.), in recent quarter calf, marbled boards, spine with blind ruled compartments, gilt title. With engraved frontispiece, typographic title page, pp. 520 (the first 6 in roman numerals), (4), (4), with 23 plates of maps (4 double page general, 12 with 2 maps, 1 with 3, 2 with 4 maps and 4 single page for a total of 43 maps, c.44 engraved views (comprising 28 single page, c.55 plates with two to a plate, 5 with 3 to the plate for a total of c.153.
This is a further rare edition of Alexander Hogg’s ‘New British Traveller’ but with a new title. ‘It was a characteristic of Hogg’s publishing policy that when the sales of an old work were in decline he would refurbish it with a completely new title-page, as here, though the text was normally unrevised’ (Hodson). As was not uncommon for Hogg he made up the names of contributors to his works and ‘It is likely, then, that the name of the supposed author, William Hugh Dalton, is a fiction whose only purpose was to allow Hogg to present the old work as a new and original publication’ (Hodson).
The work is ‘revised, corrected and improved’ by William Hugh Dalton. The new frontispiece is dated 22 November 1794 and a newly written preface by Dalton found following the title. The text appears to be a re-issue of the last text leaves by Hogg. Inserted at the end of this example only is a four-page List of Subscribers, Hodson cites only one known example in which this is present. This is a rare work. Chubb (1927) 252; ESTC T110453; Hodson (1984-97) 272; Shirley (2004) G.Hogg 1b.