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FIRST EDITION. The completed work by James Robins begun by James Cundee in 1812. The text is by James Dugdale and is extensive in nature. The work is undated but the large introduction provides some clues. Page fifty quotes the ‘grand Agricultural Meeting, at Holkham (July, 1820)’ in saying that an ‘increased production [of grain] was strongly insisted on’. The population data provided is drawn from the 1801 and 1811 census, but not the 1821.

The work started life in the hands of James Cundee (1771-1831) as ‘The New British Traveller’ and was, it appears, issued in parts. A study of the various imprints found indicates that he was joined by his brother John Cundee (1776-1842) by 1814. However, the firm was dissolved in October 1812 according to the ‘London Gazette’ and finalised in May 1815. It is presumed that it is from around this date that James Robins took over the business and its premises.

The first volume in this issue has three title pages, two with the imprints of J. & J. Cundee and one J. Robins & Co. The typographic title bears the J. & J. Cundee imprint. Although dated 1819 on the Robins title page, many of the maps are dated as early as 1812. As with many examples of the work the imprints are often cropped off during binding but some are still visible. Provenance: ‘Maunsell’ inscribed on front free endpaper; ‘M. B. Jackson’ inscribed on vignette title; private English collection. Beresiner (1983) p. 187; Chubb (1927) 363; Quixley (2018) p. 171; Smith (1982); Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).

The New British Traveller, or Modern Panorama of England and Wales

J. Robins & Co. Albion Press, Ivy Lane, Paternoster Row, London, 1819-[20]
Quarto (265 x 210 mm.), in four volumes, each full contemporary marbled calf, ornate blind panelled, spine with gilt ruled bands, red calf gilt titles and volume numbers, rejointed, some weak, marbled endpapers. Volume 1 with engraved frontispiece, general engraved title page and engraved volume title, typographic title page, pp. 4, liv, continued in arabic 5-628; volume 2 with engraved and typographic title pages, pp. 606; volume 3 with engraved and typographic title pages, pp. (2), 736; volume 4 with engraved and typographic title pages, pp. 789, (3). With 45 engraved maps and c.50 engraved plates, large folding general map with small binder’s tear and minor split at fold, most maps with some foxing and toning as usual, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 10255


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