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Cary, J
Cary's Traveller's Companion, or, A Delineation of the Turnpike Roads of England and Wales, Shewing the immediate Rout to every Market and Borough Town throughout the Kingdom.
Publisher: John Cary, London;
Date of Publication: 1791
Stock Code: 5814
FIRST EDITION. 12 mo, pp [6], maps, [8] Index & ads. 43 maps hand-coloured in outline as called for, including General Map of the country and large folding Yorkshire map. Bound in full sheepskin. Binding scuffed with small loss head/tail of spine and slight staining top edge; joints cracked but (just) holding. Inscription to ffep referring to the ownership of the volume by Thomas Gibson, a travelling merchant; toning to endpapers. Small loss to upper corner of both Wales maps affecting margin only, and a little corner creasing to Yorkshire map otherwise contents clean. A handleable but fragile copy.
John Cary (circa 1754-1835), the foremost cartographer of roads in England and Wales of his time, was commissioned by the Postmaster General in 1794 to survey the country’s roads as his New Itinerary was then the standard work on the subject. In this volume his work is presented in pocket form for the traveller, with useful information such as distances between settlements shown.
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