Quarto (365 x 275 mm.), full contemporary red cloth, ornate blind panelling, central gilt title on upper board, rebacked. Title and List of Maps remargined, 46 maps comprising a double page general map of England & Wales bound after Durham (as cited in Chubb), maps of North and South Wales and 43 county maps, Lancashire in two sheets, Yorkshire in 3 Ridings, light stain to Surrey otherwise in good condition.
From 1800 the Post Office produced Directories. By 1835 it was sold to Frederick Kelly who continued to publish them for each county as ‘Kelly’s Post Office Directory’. From this date maps were published to accompany them. Indeed Kelly’s Directory only ceased publication in the 1970s. Apart from this atlas the maps only ever appeared in the Directories or separately. Undated, this work can be placed to 1861 based on a list of ‘Works Published by Kelly and Co.’ Provenance: private English collection acquired 2011. Carroll (1996) 116; Chubb (1927) 546; Smith (1985) Victorian pp. 141-2.