(London: John Stockdale, 1809, 1806, 1800). 660 x 465 mm. (25 7/8 x 16 3/8"). Three works bound in one volume. First English Edition of Chauchard's Map of Germany.
Appealing modern green half morocco over patterned paper boards by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, raised bands, spine panels with elegant ornament composed of fleuron tools enclosing a small bird at center, gilt lettering. England and Wales with an engraved double-page index map (including indices for Scotland), double-page title, and 19 DOUBLE-PAGE HAND-COLORED MAPS; "Scotland" with an engraved double-page title and 11 DOUBLE-PAGE HAND-COLORED MAPS; "Empire of Germany" with an engraved double-page title, three single-page index maps, dedication, one single-page map, and 21 DOUBLE-PAGE HAND-COLORED MAPS. Rear pastedown with the bookplate of Lord Wardington. A couple of plates with minor vertical crease or numbers shaved, occasional faint offsetting, isolated small marginal smudges or thumbing, but AN EXTREMELY FINE COPY, the maps clean and fresh with attractive coloring, the binding unworn.
This is the outstanding Wardington copy--and likely the most desirable copy obtainable--of Stockdale's highly detailed maps of England, Wales, and Scotland, the only set with entirely hand-colored maps that has appeared at auction since 1977. Precursors to the Ordnance Survey maps, the maps in our volume show even obscure hamlets, and are designed so they could theoretically be joined; if put together, that of "England and Wales" would measure 3020 x 1925 mm. (119 x 75 3/4"), and "Scotland" would measure 1830 x 2422 mm. (72 x 95 3/8"), making it the largest-scale map of Scotland before the one-inch Ordnance Survey. The third map here--showing the Empire of Germany, Holland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the Grisons, Italy, Sicily, Corsica, and Sardinia--was first published in Paris in 1784. John Stockdale (1749-1814) was a London publisher who produced a wide range of books in addition to maps, charts, and music. According to DNB, his Piccadilly bookstore was "a fashionable lounging place" for supporters of Tory Prime Minister William Pitt. This volume was probably assembled by, and was certainly bound for, Christopher Henry ("Bic") Beaumont Pease, 2nd Lord Wardington (1924-2005). As noted in his obituary in "The Book Collector," Wardington amassed "the most extensive and valuable collection devoted to cartography . . . assembled by an individual book collector." All of these maps are uncommon and, when encountered, are frequently in poor condition. (Lhi21068)
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