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[?LANGREN, Jacob van (engraver)]. A Book of the Names of all Parishes, Market Towns, Villages, Hamblets, and Smallest Places, in England and Wales. London: S[amuel] S[immons] for John Garret, 1677.
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[?LANGREN, Jacob van (engraver)]. A Book of the Names of all Parishes, Market Towns, Villages, Hamblets, and Smallest Places, in England and Wales. London: S[amuel] S[immons] for John Garret, 1677.

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[?LANGREN, Jacob van (engraver)]. A Book of the Names of all Parishes, Market Towns, Villages, Hamblets, and Smallest Places, in England and Wales. London: S[amuel] S[immons] for John Garret, 1677.

Small 4° (185 x 140mm). 37 engravings in text, combining maps and distance tables, folding engraved 'Card or platt of all the shire townes in England,' and 2 other folding plates of Wales and Yorkshire. (Lacking ?one folding plate of ‘The High Wayes, and Rodes, from any Shire Towne to London’, the map of England rather tattered with a long tear along fold and shorter tear at bottom corner affecting text, old repair on verso.) Contemporary calf (spine and corners worn, covers bowed).

These tables of distance with their rudimentary maps must have filled a great practical need for, though rare today, they were frequently republished during the 17th century. While not citing the name of engraver or author, ESTC describes the 1677 edition as 'a greatly expanded version of A Direction for the English Traviller (1643) with letterpress text added to the engraved maps and tables.' ESTC calls for 5 folding plates but this is very likely an error since Skelton and Chubb both call for four. Skelton attributes the work to Jacob van Langren, who may have been the younger son of the better known Arnold Floris van Langren. On the other hand, Chubb lists it under the name of Mathew Simons, the publisher of the 1635 first edition. As Chubb notes, the maps of England, Wales, and the table of highways and roads are all lacking in the BL copy of the 1677 edition. Chubb LII; Skelton 98; Wing B-3719.


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