SMITH, C[harles]. Smith's New English Atlas, Being A Reduction Of His Large Folio Atlas Containing A Complete Set of County Maps, On Which Are Delineated All The Direct & Principal Crossroads, Cities, Towns, & Most Considerable Villages, Parks, Rivers and Navigable Canals: Preceded by A General Map Of England & Wales. London: C. Smith, 1822.
4to., original binding of green leather; folding case with flap, lettered in gilt to spine; marbled endpapers; pocket compartment to inside front cover; containing engraved title and a complete set of all 43 maps, with handcolour in outlinemounted on stubs in both portrait and landscape formats; all double-page aside from Yorkshire, which is folding; containing an Index of The Principal Towns in England and Wales; and two Remarks sheets, which have been annotated in ink showing various contemporary journeys'Journey to London & back by Canal 1825', etc.; one remark sheet blank; a used piece of cartography, and charming thus; the case rubbed all over, with splits to inner hinges, as well as the flap, expertly rebacked, with the original leather laid down; head and foot of spine chipped; some pencil and ink annotations and ink splashes to pages, and well as a few finger marks throughout; some of the maps with small splits along the crease, map of Warwickshire with light horizontal crease; and overall light splash marks. A very good, and unusual copy overall. Provenance: Bookplate of Thomas Andrew to ffep.
Charles Smith was a successful London publisher and map-seller, whose work was very similar in style to that of John Cary. In 1804, he first published his large format New English Atlas, although many of the maps had been sold individually in a folding format prior to the publication. The publication proved extremely popular due to the accuracy and good design, which drew, in part, on the large scale county surveys which had been carried out during the previous half-century. The maps were regularly republished for the next sixty years.
In 1822 Smith issued this, a county atlas with maps based on the larger county maps which had been in circulation for over 20 years. Smaller in scale, they are today amongst the rarer of the 18th century county maps. Many were later disbound and sold as individual maps, making complete sets incredibily difficult to find.
Rareindeed, firstly to find with all maps intact, and secondly in this functional binding.