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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 (385 x 250 mm.), fine modern quarter calf, cloth boards, spine with raised bands each compartment blind ruled, red calf gilt title label, preserving original marbled endpapers, manuscript index on front endpapers which have reinforced edges. 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, in good condition.
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 C 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 and the general map of England and Wales is in its second state in which Hogg’s imprint occurs above the map. A reference below highlights the later availability of new maps of Scotland and Ireland. Chubb (1927) 251, Hodson (1984-97) 269 variant C.
Stock number: 9910

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