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WALLIS, James

Wallis's new British Atlas containing a Complete set of County Maps Divided into Hundreds in which are Carefully Delineated all the Direct & Cross Roads

S. A. Oddy, London, 1812[13]
Folio (390 x 270 mm.), later full cloth binding, gilt title to spine. With engraved title page, 1 general map of England and Wales and 42 maps of the counties, all in early wash colour, bound slightly out of alphabetical sequence as usual, those of Dorset and Sussex slightly dirty, Rutland with small stain, otherwise in good condition.
FIRST EDITION. James Wallis (fl.1810-25) was born it is believed in Southampton in 1784. He was apprenticed to John Roper in 1799 and freed on 5 February 1811. It appears he started out as an engraver becoming a bookseller, printer, stationer and publisher. He was at one point imprisoned for debt in 1835. For these county maps Wallis, it appears, largely copied Cary. They were produced for Samuel Augustus Oddy whose publishing career appears to have been short. Although dated 1812 on the title page some of the imprints below the maps are dated 1813. There were later editions by Wallis himself c.1814. By 1819 the plates were in the hands of George Ellis whose ‘New and Correct Atlas of England and Wales’ was published in that year. Chubb (1927) 350; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).
Stock number: 9221

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