Rocque’s Miniature atlas of the English and Welsh Counties

By ROCQUE, John, 1753 

The Small British Atlas Being a New Set of Maps of all the Counties of England and Wales: To which is added A General Map…

British Isles
  • Author: ROCQUE, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Published according to Act of Parliament, By John Rocque, Chorographer to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, near Old round Court in the Strand
  • Publication date: 1753.
  • Physical description: Quarto (190 by 120mm), title in English and French, folding map of England and Wales, general map of England and Wales divided into counties, and 52 double-page maps of the English and Welsh counties, quarter calf, blue paper over boards, rubbed.
  • Inventory reference: 2513

Notes

A fine example of Rocque’s small county atlas.

Thirty-two of the maps for the atlas were originally published in Thomas Read’s T’he English Traveller’ (1746). It would appear that Rocque acquired Read’s plates at some point after 1750. Rocque had lost his shop at the North end of Whitehall’, and a great deal of his stock to fire on the 7th November 1750, and was therefore in desperate need for some new stock. Rocque added a further twenty maps, all of which he had engraved in a similar style. The maps themselves bear a striking similarity to Herman Moll’s work, even down to the style of the lettering. A few of the maps have small vignettes; on the map of Oxford, for example, there is a profile of Blenheim Palace, whilst a guillotine is depicted on the West Riding of Yorkshire. 

Bibliography

  1. Chubb CCVII
    • Chubb, T., Skells, J. and Beharrell, H. (1977). The printed maps in the atlases of Great Britain and Ireland. Folkestone: Dawson.
  2. Hodson 199.
    • Hodson, D. (1984–1997). County Atlases of the British Isles. 3 vols. Hertfordshire: Tewin Press.

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