Duodecimo (150 x 100 mm.), contemporary half blue morocco, marbled paper boards, blind edged, spine with ornate gilt decoration and central bordered title, marbled endpapers. With engraved title page, folding circular map of the Environs of London, 43 engraved maps (Yorkshire folding), all in fine early wash colour, pp. 22, (2) with List and an advertisement.
This is the first dated edition of Whittaker’s ‘Travellers Pocket Atlas’ but it is believed that the undated issue is earlier, perhaps as early as 1820. A fine example of a lovely little English County atlas engraved by Samuel John Neele (1758-1824). Although advanced in age at this time he was engraving to the year of his death. The maps were first published in ‘Pinnock’s County Histories’ also published by Whittaker (1793-1847). He became a schoolmaster before becoming a bookseller. Whereas Pinnock’s work ran to 6 volumes Whittaker clearly saw the opportunity to issue these small maps in atlas form. In this edition, most of the maps are dated 1821 and bear the publishers imprint of Whittaker. The map of Hampshire despite being entitled so is bound under ‘s’ for Southampton as it was sometimes known. Provenance: Ex Libris bookplate of Emilio Monteiro inside front cover; acquired from Matthew Needle in September 1996; Burden Collection duplicate. Carroll (1996) no. 77; Chubb (1927) no. 390; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).