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WALPOOLE, George Augustus

The New British Traveller; or, A Complete Modern Universal Display of Great-Britain and Ireland.

Alexander Hogg, London, 1784
Folio (395 x 260 mm.), full contemporary calf, spine with raised bands each compartment gilt ruled, calf gilt title label, hinges weak, pp. vi, 520, (6). With engraved frontispiece, 85 engraved plates comprising 144 views and 3 portraits and 23 engraved plates displaying 48 maps in total. With the 4 page list of subscribers often but not always found and a two page Catalogue of works for sale. Worn, joints week otherwise in good condition.
FIRST EDITION, EARLY ISSUE, LORD CURZON’S EXAMPLE. The ‘New British Traveller’ is a book in five parts. It was the work of a ‘Society of Gentleman’ who assisted George Walpoole in its writing. However there is some doubt as to the genuine identity of some of the contributors. The maps used are found on twenty-three plates. Hodson in his detailed study states ‘It seems that maps [Orkney etc.] and [Ulster], and not maps [Scotland] and [Ireland], were originally intended to be present in the work since, from the direction to the binder, they are described … and it is maps [Orkney etc.] and [Ulster] which are found in early variants. The presence of these two maps … suggests that the original plan was to include a full set of maps of multi-county districts of Scotland, together with the provinces or Ireland. If so it seems that this scheme was not proceeded with and that instead the general maps … were commissioned from Kitchin and, after a delay, introduced to the volume.’ This is an example of Hodson’s Variant B in which the scheme had been dropped as were the two maps of Orkney etc. and Ulster for general maps of Scotland and Ireland. The date on the typographic title page is effaced as described by Hodson but the general map of England and Wales is in its first state here instead of the called for second state in which Hogg’s imprint occurs above the map.

Bound at the end is a two page Catalogue of works available for sale amongst which is one for this work detailing its availability ‘in only Sixty Numbers, in large Folio, Price 6d. each, or the Overplus punctually delivered gratis … The Whole making a very large handsome Volume in Folio, Price 1l. 16s. bound’. This example bears the bookplate of Assheton Curzon, Lord Curzon (1730-1820) Member of Parliament for Clitheroe from 1754-77 and 1792-94. Provenance: bookplate of Assheton Curzon, Hagley Farm pasted inside upper cover; sold as ‘Property of a Lady at Christie’s London 23 February 1977 lot 124 (photocopy provided) also inked on the fore edge top and bottom ‘AC’, that on top bears the date 1787; private English collection. Chubb 251, Hodson 269.
Stock number: 8814

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