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MORDEN, Robert)
A Brief Description of England and Wales; containing a particular account for each county; with its antiquities, curiosities, situation, figure, extent, climate, rivers, lakes, soils, agriculture, civil and ecclesiastical-divisions, cities, towns, palaces, corporations, markets, fairs, manufactories, noted places, bays, harbours, products, &c. and the number of its inhabitants. As also, the distance of each market town from London, by the latest survey with the latitude and longitude of each county, town or city, and on what point of the compass from London. Embellished with maps of each county. Very useful for travellers and others, and very proper for schools, to give youth an idea of geography, and the nature of his own country, and each county.
Printed for H. Turpin, No. 104, St John's Street, West Smithfield. [c.1780]. viii, 9-126. Interleaved with 52 playing card maps mounted on paper. 12mo. Text & plates crisp & clean; small blue ink spot on titlepage affecting one letter, small closed tear to plate opposite B1. Contemp. sheep; neatly rebacked, extremities sl. rubbed. A nice copy of a scarce book. ESTC T204060, Winchester College Fellows Library only in UK; Indiana and Yale in USA; OCLC adds BL, Newberry, and Princeton. Copac adds Leeds. The Princeton and Indiana copies are incomplete. Dated from the British Library copy, which notes that Turpin was at this St John's Street address between 1774-1789. Robert Morden first published his set of playing card maps in 1676 with another slightly altered version printed that same year; a third and final seventeenth century edition, with the stencilled suit markers removed from the cards, appeared in 1680. This volume contains the maps of Morden's third edition, laid down in alphabetical order (first England, then Wales) with corresponding county descriptions. It is not known how Homan Turpin ended up with Morden's plates, or a stock of already-printed playing cards, more than a century after they were last published. Turpin was a bookseller who specialised in second hand books, as well as school texts and works for children; the wording on the titlepage makes it clear that this small atlas was at least partly designed for that market. The suits were likely removed to discourage gambling, but the cards retain their numeric value and the royal portraits, so it is still po … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Jarndyce, The 19th Century Booksellers [London, United Kingdom]
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