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TINDALL, Reverend Edwin

The Wesleyan Methodist Atlas of England and Wales, containing fifteen plates, carefully designed and arranged by the Rev. Edwin H. Tindall

Bemrose & Sons, 10, Paternoster Buildings; and Derby, London, c.1873
Large folio (600 x 450 mm.), contemporary half calf, cloth boards with original burgundy calf gilt title label to upper cover, spine with further calf gilt title label affixed, worn and repaired. With title page, Dedication, Introduction, Table of Contents, pp. 46, (2) and 15 large double page maps, each with outline colour, many leaves with the edges reinforced, otherwise in good condition.
The Victorian era saw the flourishing of thematic cartography. In an age of religious strength being challenged by scientific works such as Charles Lyell’s ‘Principles of Geology’ and Charles Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’, it was natural that religious maps play a roll. The Introduction refers to a general ‘Wesleyan District map of England, Wales, and Scotland’ published by George Booth in 1848. It goes on to detail further maps issued. Here the Reverend Edwin Tindall produced this atlas which curiously provides a sort of hit list for the Methodist religion. Amongst other features each map identifies ‘Townships, Parishes and Places of 250 Inhabitants and upwards WITHOUT A WESLEYAN METHODIST CHAPEL OR PREACHING HOUSE’. The accompanying tables draw upon the census data of 1871 for each town. It goes on to state it was done ‘under the direction of the Wesleyan Methodist Conference, on the 1st December 1873. District boundaries are shown and the railway lines are coloured in red. Burgess (2009) no. 167/B; Smith (1985) p. 110.
Stock number: 9838

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