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Luffman's rare pocket atlas of England and Wales

Title
A New Pocket Atlas and Geography of England and Wales, Illustrated with Fifty-five Copper plates, Shewing all the Great Post Roads with the Towns and Villages situated thereon: Also a description of the Air, Soil, Productions and Manufactures as well as the number of Hundreds, Cities, Boroughs, Market Towns, Parishes, Houses and Inhabitants. By John Luffman Geogr.
Author
LUFFMAN, John
Publisher
Printed for Lackington Allen & Co., Temple of the Muses Finsbury Square,
Publication place
London,
Publication date
1806.
Price
£5,000
Reference
2143
  • Description

    Second edition (180 by 110 mm), title, 55 engraved maps, with fine original hand-colour, each map circular with explanatory text below, apart from the folding map of England and Wales, original red half-calf over blue marbled paper boards, with publisher's label.

  • Notes

    Rare. Luffman's unusual miniature atlas of England and Wales, with each county depicted within a circular frame.

    In the text below each circular map, Luffman supplies the reader with the usual geographical information: length and breadth of each county, its divisions by hundreds, number of towns, parishes, houses, and population. However, Luffman goes further than most and states the relative quality of the air and soil. The air in Bedfordshire, we are informed, is "mild and salubrious", but in Radnorshire it is "sharp and piercing". Luffman concludes each county with details on their arable state and principal areas of production. Cheshire, for example, is famed for its "vast quantities of cheese... London alone, it is said, takes 15,000 tons annually"; Derbyshire has "a fine manufacture of porcelain"; and in Worcester, "the manufactures of gloves, and the softer leathers, are here in the highest degree of perfection".

  • Bibliography

    Chubb CCCIX.