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WHITTAKER, George & W. B.

The Travellers Pocket Atlas Consisting of A Complete Set of County Maps, for England & Wales, On an Original & Improved Plan

G & W. B. Whittaker, London, 1823
Duodecimo (150 x 95 mm.), contemporary half red morocco, marbled paper boards, gilt ruled, spine with ornate gilt decoration and central bordered title, marbled endpapers. With engraved title page, pp. 22, (2) with List of towns and an advertisement, with 43 (of 44) engraved maps including a folding circular map of the Environs of London, all in fine early wash colour, light waterstain to first couple of leaves, lacking Yorkshire, Lancashire loose, otherwise in good condition.
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. The maps were also issued in ‘Pinnock’s County Histories’ also published by Whittaker (1793-1847). 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. 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 is deliberately bound under ‘s’ for Southampton, a clear intention as seen from the order of the counties as seen in the initial index. Provenance: manuscript ownership mark of ‘Mr. Acart 1824’ on front endpaper; private English collection. Carroll (1996) no. 77; Chubb (1927) no. 390; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).
Stock number: 9798

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