Paterson's British Itinerary. Being a new and accurate Delineation and Description of the Direct and Principal Cross Roads of Great Britain.
by PATERSON, Daniel.
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,  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. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5195)
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