Simmons and Jenner’s rare English atlas

By SIMMONS, Matthew and Thomas JENNER, 1657 

A Book of the Names of all the Parishes, Market Towns, Villages, Hamlets, and smallest Places in England and Wales.

British Isles
  • Author: SIMMONS, Matthew and Thomas JENNER
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Printed by M.S. for Thomas Jenner, at the South-entrance of the Royal Exchange
  • Publication date: 1657.
  • Physical description: First edition. 4to (180 by 135mm), title, folding table of roads from shire towns to London, 40 engraved county mileage tables with thumbnail maps set with the text (three of which are folding), minor tears to folding plates skilfully repaired, eighteenth century half calf over brown marbled paper boards, marbled paper lacking on lower board, and coming away from upper board, rubbed.
  • Inventory reference: 2514

Notes

First Edition of this rare work.

The work first appeared in 1635 under the title A Direction for the English Traviller’, published by Matthew Simmons, and contained a set of thumbnail maps of the counties. The maps were engraved by Jacob van Langeren with each plate containing a map and distance table for the respective county. In 1643 Thomas Jenner published a reworked version of the atlas, in which the maps were re-engraved and enlarged, and three new maps added of England, Wales, and Yorkshire. In 1649 he added a descriptive text and published it as A Booke of the Names of all the Hundreds’ of which only one complete example is known. In 1657 he published the present work with a new title. 

Bibliography

  1. Chubb XLIX
    • Chubb, T., Skells, J. and Beharrell, H. (1977). The printed maps in the atlases of Great Britain and Ireland. Folkestone: Dawson.
  2. Skelton 62.
    • Skelton, R. (1978). County Atlases of the British Isles 1579–1850. Folkestone: Dawson.

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