Map of the Inland Navigation, Canals, and Rail Roads with the Situations of the Various Mineral Productions Throughout Great Britain... [with] PRIESTLEY, Joseph. Historical Account of the Navigable Rivers, Canals and Railways Throughout Great Britain, as a Reference to Nichols Priestley's and Walker's New Map of Inland Navigation, Derived from Original and Parliamentary Documents in the Possession of...

Published: [1] Wakefield: Richard Nichols; London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green; G. & J. Cary; and Richard Nichols, Wakefield

Date: 1830 - 1831

First editions. [1] Overall dimensions 192 x 157.5 cm. A very large hand coloured map of England, Wales and southern Scotland with the continuation to the north of Scotland in a large inset to the upper right corner, dissected into 45 sections and mounted on linen, marbled paper to the folded end sections. [2] 4to. (ii), xii, 776, (2), x pp. Black and white map of the country based on the large map plus a colour folding plate with cross sections of principal navigable rivers and canals across England. Matching recent green moiré cloth for the binding and the book-style box housing the map, twin gilt lettered maroon morocco spine labels.

Very much a Yorkshire affair, the large map was produced in concert by Walker, a local surveyor, Priestley and the publisher Nichols - the three jointly dedicating it to the King at the foot of the map. Engraved by two Wakefield printers, Franks and Johnson, it provides an interesting snapshot of industrial Britain at the time, featuring the mineral and natural deposits across the country and, most pertinently, the means by which they could be distributed. Priestley’s book gives a voluminous explanation of the map and so much more, describing in great detail the extensive canal network at this time and the emerging railway system.


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