A NEW AND ACCURATE DESCRIPTION OF ALL THE DIRECT AND PRINCIPAL CROSS ROADS IN ENGLAND AND WALES ; CONTAINING: I. An Alphabetical List of all the Cities, Towns and remarkable Villages; with their Market-Days, and the Counties in which they are situate
Price: 275.00 USD
LONDON: T.N. Longman, 1794. Later binding of full crushed levant morocco (goatskin), of rich, dark blue. Four raised bands, decorated gilt, compartments decorated blind. Boards double-ruled and decorated in blind. Archival restoration to last leaf, at corner. Very occasional, light foxing to text. Tight, bright pages; "E. Houlditch, Marsh Gibbons, Bucks." inked on second fep. One two-page map, entitled: "A General View of the Roads of England and Wales". Better known as PATERSON'S ROADS. Daniel Paterson was the Assistant to George Morrison (to which the book is dedicated), the Quarter-Master-General of his Majesty's Forces. This Tenth Edition represented nearly Ninety Pages additional text from the previous, "including considerable Improvements in the direct Roads, many new Cross Roads, and a great Number of Noblemen's and Gentlemen's Seats.". Part of an important chapter in the history of coaching, this slim little volume was was carried by all coachmen to find their way -- essentially, a GPS of yore. Older editions of books such as this noted trees and rocks as points where one needed to turn left or right, head up a hill, etc. Eighteenth-Century editions are quite uncommon. Tenth Edition. Near Fine.