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Saxton, Christopher, and Philip Lea
THE SHIRES OF ENGLAND AND WALES. GEORGE WILLDEY, C.1730 
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Saxton, Christopher, and Philip Lea
THE SHIRES OF ENGLAND AND WALES. GEORGE WILLDEY, C.1730 
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 23,750 USD
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Saxton, Christopher, and Philip Lea
THE SHIRES OF ENGLAND AND WALES. GEORGE WILLDEY, C.1730 
Folio (18 1/4 x 12 1/4 in.; 465 x 310mm). Manuscript index listing subjects neatly written in ink, 38 double-page or folding regional and county maps, hand-colored in outline, generally good impressions throughout, one or two minor closed tears to margins, some minor foxing or staining, some creases. Quarter brown calf over marbled board, spine with raised bands in six compartments, red label with gilt text to second, others with repeat decoration in gilt; upper board detached, rubbing to extremities. 
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Literature

Skelton 112 (notes); Evans & Lawrence, pp.53ff; cf. Whitaker VIIIb; Hodson 183 (especially pp. 145-146)]

Catalogue Note

Of the 38 maps in this atlas, 31 are the Philip Lea re-issues of Christopher Saxton's plates in the [1693] states, with George Willdey's imprints; 2 (Devon and Northumberland) are by Lea after Saxton, Devon engraved by Francis Lamb, with Willdey's imprints; and one each by Lea himself (the Isle of Wight and other islands), John Speed (Caernarvon, the Bassett and Chiswell issue without text), John Seller (Hertfordshire), John Ogilby (Middlesex), and Jonas Moore (Cambridegshire), again with Willdey's imprint. No two copies of these editions of Saxton's atlas appear to collate alike: Hodson (pp. 145-146), ascribing a date of c.1732 to Willdey's atlas, notes five known copies, all of which are different. It is not possible to be certain of the date of first publication of Willdey's edition; he seems to have sold the sheets singly (price 4d.) for several years from the 1720s until his death in 1748.

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