Cruchley’s school atlas
By CRUCHLEY, George Frederick, 1849
Cruchley’s General Atlas for the use of Schools and Private Tuition containing the following Thirty-One Superior Maps.
- Author: CRUCHLEY, George Frederick
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: Published by G.F. Cruchley, Mapseller, 81, Fleet Street
- Publication date: 1849.
- Physical description: Folio (390 by 260mm), title, 31 engraved maps, original full wash hand-colour, some discolouration to the gutter of a few maps, original boards, some loss to corners, rebacked.
- Inventory reference: 1961
Cruchley began his cartographic career in the publishing firm of Aaron Arrowsmith. In 1823, he set up on his own at 38 Ludgate Street until 1834, when he moved to 81 Fleet Street. It would appear that he had some help from his former employer, as much of his early output bears in the imprint “From Arrowsmith’s”. He would later acquire a great deal of Arrowsmith’s stock, a fact that he acknowledged in several advertisememts:
“having purchased from the Executors of the late Mr Arrowsmith the valuable copyrights of some of his large and splendid maps, begs leave to offer them to the notice of the public at such a great reduction form the original published prices, that an extensive sale only can recompense for the great outlay in purchasing them”
In 1844, he took over the stock of George and John Cary, which he republished until 1876. In 1877 his entire stock was sold at auction with many of the plates being brought by Gall and Inglis. Cruchley himself passed away in Brighton in 1880.