30 April 2008
TAYLOR, Thomas (publisher). England Exactly Described or A Guide to Travellers in a compleat sett of maps of all the Counties of England; being a map for each county, wherein ... is particularly expressed ... distances in measured miles according to Mr Ogilby's Survey. London: printed coloured and sold by Tho. Taylor, .
4° (260 x 155mm). Double-page title, 4 double-page tables, and 42 double-page maps, engraved and hand-coloured throughout. Contemporary calf (rebacked, new endpapers). Provenance: Francis Ferrand Foljambe (stamp on title).
Second issue of Taylor's atlas, 'very usefull for gentlemen and travellers being made fit for the pockett'. The first issue appeared in 1715, although the plates were made much earlier and first published by Richard Blome in Speed's Maps Epitomiz'd, 1681. The whereabouts of the plates since 1693 is unknown. Although most coats-of-arms were changed or erased, Blome's name remains on some plates, eight of which are signed by W. Hollar as engraver. A FINE COPY. Chubb CXXXVIa (giving date as 1716); Hodson County Atlases 1702-42 140.
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