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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 early variant A, its earliest form, in which the two maps of Orkney etc. and Ulster are present. The date on the typographic title page is still present as described by Hodson and the general map of England and Wales is in its first state. A reference below highlights the later availability of new maps of Scotland and Ireland. Provenance: bookplate of Colonel William Elliot of Larristown; private English collection. Chubb (1927) 251, Hodson (1984-97) 269 variant C.
WALPOOLE, George Augustus

The New British Traveller; or, A Complete Modern Universal Display of Great-Britain and Ireland: Being a New, Complete, Accurate, and Extensive Tour Through England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the isles of Man, Wight, Scilly, Hebrides, Jersey, Sark, Guernsey, Alderney, and other Islands adjoining to and dependent on the Crown of Great-Britain

Printed for Alex. Hogg, at the King's-Arms, No. 16, Paternoster-Row, London, 1784
Folio (395 x 245 mm.), full contemporary tree calf, spine with very ornate gilt decoration, red calf gilt title label, joints weak. With engraved frontispiece, typographic title page, pp. vi, 520, (4), with 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, light paper crease to first two leaves, final leaf with tear repaired, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 10743


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