Octavo, twenty six volumes (145 x 95 mm.), in full contemporary marbled calf. Spines gilt ruled in compartments with gilt embossed volume numbers and gilt calf title label and county label. Volume 1 only rebacked to match, some light wear. With 46 maps, some with foxing. The whole in a specially fashioned box with two shelves laid in green baize cloth, three wooden spacers provided for ease of access. Complete with lovely inlaid wood sliding front.
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.