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Henry Teesdale (1776-1855), a successful publisher in London is best known for two English County atlases. In 1829 he acquired the county plates to Robert Rowe’s exceedingly rare ‘English Atlas’ and after revision published them as the ‘New British Atlas’. Encouraged by its undoubted success he embarked on a reduced sized county atlas which he published the following year entitled ‘A New Travelling Atlas’. In this work the roads are made the principal feature. For some reason it was not a great success, at least judging from the fact that only two examples survive: Cambridge University Library and a private English collection. For the second edition in 1843 plate numbers were added as were railways in the counties where they had been introduced. It appears that he took in a partner D. W. Martin which might explain the possible delay in publication. This is similarly extremely rare with only about a half dozen examples known.

Both series of copper plates became the property of Henry George Collins (fl.1832-58) and the ‘Travelling Atlas’ was re-issued with his imprint in 1849. By 1857 the business had failed and ownership of the atlas had passed to William Somerville Orr whose one edition is given the date of c.1852 although possibly later. Then they passed in to the hands of John Heywood who would issue a number of editions. The atlas was issued in slim quarto paperback form. The maps underwent regular additions over the years, usually in the form of the railway network. Provenance: Donald Hodson collection. Carroll (1996) no. 92; refer Chubb (1927) no. 531; Tooley’s Dictionary (1999-2004); Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).


The Travelling Atlas of England & Wales

John Heywood, 141 & 143 Deansgate, Manchester, c.1870
Octavo (245 x 190 mm.), original brown paper wrappers with title on the upper cover, covers backed on later linen. With title page as above containing allegorical vignette, folding map of England and Wales with some professional repair to folds, regional maps of South and North Wales and 42 county maps, printed back to back, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 9576


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