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The Mapping of North America

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ONLY THE THIRD EXAMPLE KNOWN OF THIS EARLY EDITION. The plates for this atlas were first issued in Thomas Read’s very rare ‘English Traveller’ published in 1746 in only three volumes, the work was never completed. Jean Rocque (c.1704-62), to use his native name, was a Huguenot émigré who at an early age settled in England. By 1734 he was a surveyor, engraver and publisher. His work is renowned for its beauty as well as its accuracy and several important large scale maps were produced by him. He acquired the plates to the ‘English Traveller’ and in or around 1753 three issues of ‘The Small British Atlas’ were published. Of the first just one example survives. For this second edition, a newly engraved title page is dated 1753 indicating clearly its issue later in the same year. The parliamentary map bears a slightly revised title now reading ‘A Parliamentary Map of England’ and is still dated 1753. The plate numbers added for the previous issue have here been erased with traces remaining and the map of the Isle of Man is present which was most likely omitted earlier. As before the title is in English and French indicating Rocque’s desire to market on the continent. There were only two recorded examples of this work, one in Cambridge University Library (Atlas.7.75.1), the other in a private collection. Provenance: with manuscript inscription on verso of the title page ‘Thos. Edwards 1779’; private English collection. Not in Chubb; not in the ESTC; Hodson (1984-97) 199; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).

The Small British Atlas. Being a New Set of Maps of all the Counties of England and Wales To which is added A General Map …

John Rocque ... near Old Round Court in the Strand, London, 1753
Small quarto (195 x 130 mm.), recent quarter calf, marbled paper boards, ribbed spine with blind ruled compartments, blue morocco gilt title label. With engraved title page in English and French and 53 (of 54) maps including 1 folding ‘Parliamentary Map of England and Wales’ with old tape repair, a further general map of the counties, 49 maps of the counties and Ridings of England and Wales and 3 maps of the Islands, light soiling to Shropshire, Caermarthen and Glamorgan map with centrefold split repaired, last plate of the Isle of Man a little toned, lacking that of Cardigan and Brecknock, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 9168


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