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The Mapping of North America

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This small and attractive atlas was first published November 1748 in thirteen weekly parts by a consortium of nine publishers. No copy of this version survives and it seems likely that Thomas Jefferys and Thomas Kitchin took over the project at an early date. A first edition of the atlas was published in 1749. At some point before the publication of the second edition in 1751 alterations were made to some of the plates. During the issue of this 1751 edition plate numbers were added therefore the states of the maps can vary. This example of the 1751 edition bears 11 maps still in their first state, 19 in their second state and 20 in the third state.

Although dated 1751 on the title page the earliest known advertisement for the work appeared in the London Daily Advertiser on 16 May 1752. It was offered for 5s. half-bound or 7s. 6d. bound and coloured. It could be bought at Thomas Jeffery’s shop as well as that of John Boydell in Cheapside and William Herbert at the Golden Globe on London Bridge. The title page itself also indicated that it was for sale in Dublin courtesy of George Faulkner and in Paris with George Louis Le Rouge. Jeffery’s would develop strong connections in Paris. Thomas Kitchin is not identified as a vendor as at this point in his career he did not have any retail premises. The atlas proved popular, running to 6 editions, with various changes and additions, the last being in 1787. Provenance: with manuscript ownership inscription on the verso of the title ‘Elizth. Bell’. Chubb (1927) 193; Hodson (1984-97) 210; Pedley (1986) pp. 20-23; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).
KITCHIN, Thomas – JEFFERYS, Thomas

The Small English Atlas, being A New and Accurate Sett of Maps of All the Counties in England and Wales

London, 1751
Octavo (160 x 115 mm.), rebacked quarter calf preserving original marbled paper boards, spine with raised bands, gilt ruled compartments. Engraved throughout, pictorial title, one leaf containing preface and index, 50 engraved maps, tears to Middlesex and Wiltshire with old repairs, light water stain to Norfolk and Northants, otherwise a good example.
Stock number: 9166


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