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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. For these county maps Wallis, it appears, largely copied George Cole and John Cary. They were produced for Samuel Augustus Oddy whose publishing career appears to have been short. The first edition entitled ‘Wallis’s New British Atlas’ was published in 1813, although dated 1812 on the title page. This second edition is by Wallis himself and was issued from c.1814. Examples are noted with imprint dates altered to 1816 but the few changed are to 1814.

Those altered maps all bear a further note above stating ‘Second Edition with Considerable Improvements & Additions, by L. [or G.] Hebert, Geographer’. G. Hebert is listed in Worms & Baynton-Williams as being at 16 Noel Street, Soho, in 1814, as a draughtsman, cartographer and surveyor. Whilst L. Hebert is not, the two may well be a related. Two additional maps of North and South Wales appear for the first time in this edition. Many of the maps still bear imprints of Oddy who held an interest in the first edition alone. According to the upper board the atlas was available priced ‘L2 12s 6D’. 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. Provenance: private English collection. Not in Chubb (1927); Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).
WALLIS, James

Wallis's Second & Superior British Atlas Containing a Complete Set of County Maps Divided into Hundreds

Jas. Wallis, Berwick Street, Soho, London, c.1814
Folio (335 x 235 mm.), later half calf preserving original marble paper boards, upper board with blue calf gilt title label with ornate gilt borders pasted on. With engraved title page, engraved Contents, 1 general map of England and Wales, 42 maps of the counties and 2 maps of North and South Wales, all in early wash colour (Westmoreland uncoloured), bound slightly out of alphabetical sequence as usual but true to contents list, some light foxing to first two leaves, with tape show through to the last map of South Wales, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 9789

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