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LEWIS, Samuel

View of the Representative History of England with Engraved Plans, Shewing the Electoral Divisions of the Several Counties, and the Former and Present Boundaries of the Cities and Boroughs

S. Lewis and Co. 87, Aldersgate Street, London, 1835
Quarto (280 x 220 mm.), modern full cloth, spine with gilt ruling top and bottom, gilt title. With typographic title, pp. (2), viii, 81, (1), 2, 5, (1), with 116 lithographic plates numbered in roman, all in early outline colour, light foxing to initial text leaves and first map only, otherwise in good condition.
Samuel Lewis (1782-1865) was the successful publisher of the Topographical Dictionary of England first published in 1831. Robert Creighton was the draughtsman and John and Charles Walker were the engravers. These plates were never issued in intaglio form and were only used to produce lithographs to accompany the third edition in 1835 as a supplementary fifth volume. They include maps of the county and its boroughs and highlight political boundaries, both old and new, towns and main roads. That of Hampshire is filed alphabetically as is typical of the period under ‘S’ for its alternate name of Southampton. Curiously, here it is entitled Hampshire. They were also issued in this work entitled View of the Representative History of England. Following the full history of representation in England is a list of all boroughs and index to all of the plans found within. Beresiner (1983) pp. 144-8; Carroll (1996) 104; Chubb (1927) 464; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).
Stock number: 10296

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