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COLLINS, Henry George

The Travelling Atlas of England & Wales with all the Railways & Coach Roads, the Cities, Towns ...

Henry George Collins, 22, Paternoster Row, London, c.1849
Octavo (190 x 125 mm.), full contemporary publisher’s calf, with original closing flap and remainder of silk tie, with very ornate gilt title embossed on upper board. With engraved title page containing vignette, Contents leaf, and 45 maps consisting of a large folding general map of England and Wales, North Wales, South Wales and 42 maps of the English Counties (Yorkshire consisting of the three Ridings), all in full early wash colour, in good condition.
Henry Teesdale (fl.1828-45) was 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 five examples survive. Plate numbers were added for later editions, as were railways in the counties where they had been introduced. Again, only a handful of examples survive. 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. For this edition, the maps were lithographic transfers which enabled greater use from the plates without wear. The familiar ‘piano keyboard’ borders are replaced by a three line one. Further railways are added. Provenance: manuscript ownership marks of ‘Jno Wilkinson 1857’ inscribed inside front cover; private English collection. Carroll (1996) no. 92.A; refer Chubb (1927) no. 529; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).
Stock number: 10273

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