Charles Cooke was a bookseller who began in 1806 a part issue county topography generally entitled ‘Cooke’s Topography of Great Britain’. It was issued one county per part although some were large enough to occupy two. By 1808 the series was finished and the counties were bound together in groups to make a 28 volume work. Charles Cooke ceased business in 1817 and died before 1822. Copyright was assigned to his executors, whose imprint appears on this edition’s title page ‘Printed, by Assignement from the Executors of the late C. Cooke, for Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, Paternoster-Row’ who were near neighbours. George Alexander Cooke whose name prominently appears on the title page is according to Tooley’s Dictionary of no relation. Provenance: bookplate of seller C. Brown of Maidstone upper left corner inside upper board; bookplate of Henry Sotheran Ltd. lower right inside front cover; private English collection. Beresiner (1983) pp. 92-3; refer Chubb (1927) 305; Carroll (1996) 63.