A Delicious Set in Contemporary Turquoise Morocco Gilt

Paterson's British Itinerary. Being a new and accurate Delineation and Description of the Direct and Principal Cross Roads of Great Britain.

Engraved frontis. double-page map of England & Wales in Vol. I (in fine original coloring), finely engraved title & leaf of dedication, x, xxix pp., 94 pages of double column engraved strip maps of “direct roads” numbered “1-188,” 189-228 pp.; finely engraved title, 72 pages of double column engraved strip maps of “direct roads” numbered “1-142,” 143-167 pp., 16 pages of double column engraved strip maps of “cross roads” with engraved sectional title & the maps numbered “1-30,” 31-121, [1] pp. Two vols. 8vo, fine cont. turquoise morocco, covers with Greek key & saw tooth motifs in gilt round sides, flat spines richly gilt, a.e.g. London: “Printed for and Sold by the Proprietor Carington Bowles, at his Map and Print-Warehouse, No. 69,” 1785.

First edition, and an absolutely delicious set in fine contemporary turquoise morocco, gilt, of this well-known book which enjoyed many later editions. Paterson (1738-1825), is most famous for his series of road books and cartographical works; his main contribution was to improve the information on roads. While making no significant innovations, “he made improvements in style and presentation, however, and added factual detail — so much so that his name was for many years an indicator of reliability in road books, and was attached to them long after he had stopped compiling them.”–ODNB.

Very fine and fresh set. Seemingly printed on thick paper.

❧ Fordham, The Road-Books & Itineraries of Great Britain 1570 to 1850 (1924), p. 36. Fordham, “‘Paterson’s Roads,’ Daniel Paterson, His Maps and Itineraries, 1738-1825” in The Library, Fourth Series, Vol. V (1925), pp. 332-56.

Price: $6,950.00

Item ID: 5195

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