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PHILLIPS, Richard

The School Atlas; or, Key to Goldsmith's Geographical Copy-Books

J. Souter, at the School Library, 73 St. Paul's Church Yard, London, 1803
Octavo (220 x 135 mm.), with original publishers paper boards and 15 double page maps, the two world maps with extra folds
Richard Phillips (1767-1840) although born in London was of a Leicestershire family and founded the ‘Leicestershire Herald’ in 1792. However the following year he was sentenced to 18 months in gaol for selling Paine’s ‘Rights of Man’! After his sentence his house and business burnt down and with the insurance money he moved back to London. He became Sheriff of London and Middlesex in 1807 and received a knighthood the following year. However, bad fortune struck again when he was declared bankrupt in 1811.

This little school atlas appears to be rare like his English county atlas. A search on COPAC found no examples recorded although the index of the contents at the British Library records a similarly undated example and provides the date of 1803. It was certainly published by 1807 when it appears listed in an advert by Phillips in volume 12 of his ‘Universal History, Ancient and Modern’. The cover of this atlas records its price as 7s. coloured, 5s. plain. Carroll (1996) 64.
Stock number: 8833

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