An extremely ornate map of England and Wales engraved by James Neele who, according to Worms & Baynton-Williams, traded as James Neele & Co. between 1834-36. He certainly had moved premises to Union Street Somers Town in 1837. Certainly, the maps dedication to the King would indicate prior to 20 June 1837, when he died to be superseded by Queen Victoria. Robert Seaton’s cartographic output was small, he is recorded as being Hydrographer to the King. Although Rail Roads are featured in the key there are very few on the map confirming the circa date. Other forms of transport are also identified, an extensive road and turnpike network and of course the canals. The map is decorated with a large vignette view of Windsor Castle, the four corners illustrate Canterbury Cathedral, York Minster, Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral. The 28 portraits around are split by background. Those across the top are military figures in British history, below naval ones. To the left are politicians and right key literary figures. Very rare. Provenance: private collection of Rodney Shirley.