Quarto, 4 volumes (245 x 165 mm. each), contemporary half calf, marbled paper boards, ornate blind ruling, ribbed spines with ornate gilt decoration, each compartment elaborately decorated in gilt, red calf volume and title labels affixed, marbled endpapers. With 46 steel engraved maps comprising 42 maps of the English counties (Yorkshire in 3 Ridings), 4 folding of Wales (North East in duplicate in error) and 3 steel engraved plates, with light foxing otherwise in good condition.
In 1833-34 James Bell published ‘A New and Comprehensive Gazetteer’ in parts. Much of its source material was from Lewis’ ‘Topographical Dictionary of England’. In 1839 Lewis managed to obtain an injunction against Bell. The maps engraved for the work were acquired by Archibald Fullarton & Co. who utilised them in the ‘Parliamentary Gazetteer’ with new text, it was also issued in parts. For this issue, the North and South Wales single sheet maps are replaced by four folding sheets. The Fullarton maps each contain a decorative vignette and many bear the addition of newly constructed railways. The maps are filed alphabetically except for Hampshire which is filed under its alternative name Southampton. Provenance: Sotheby’s auction of Library of Shadwell Park 22 October 1992; private English collection. Beresiner (1983) p. 102; Carroll (1996) 99; Chubb (1927) 510.