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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. Records for James Wallis are confused with two others of the same name: a bookseller (fl.1787-1807) in Ivy Lane and Paternoster Row, and an engraver and jeweller in Fleet Street. Our Wallis’ earliest work appears to be ‘Oddy’s New General Atlas of the World’, published by Samuel Augustus Oddy (1779-1847) in 1811, with Wallis as the engraver.

Wallis is behind two English County atlases in a short space of time. This folio one and ‘Wallis’s New Pocket Edition’ ascribed to 1812. This includes an order of maps that is curious, they are grouped by initial letter, but then do not follow any order. Although dated 1812, seven of the maps bear the imprint date of 1813. This ‘delay’ might be due to the work or financial constraints of producing so much at once. It should be noted that the ‘New General Atlas’ was published by Oddy, as was this folio county atlas. ‘Wallis’s New Pocket Edition’ is published by Wallis alone. For these county maps Wallis, it appears, largely copied John Cary. They were produced for Samuel Augustus Oddy, whose publishing career appears to have been short. 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. Carroll (1996) 69; Chubb (1927) 350; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).

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]
FIRST EDITION. Folio (380 x 260 mm.), contemporary half calf, marbled paper boards, rebacked with gilt ruled compartments and title. 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, early manuscript Index on front free endpaper, title with upper margin tear professionally repaired, some very light offsetting, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 10244
£ 500
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