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Book Description
Rare map showing in an elegant and easily understandable form the extent of ‘Rotten’ boroughs throughout England and Wales.^z Each of the places that were either to lose or gain the representation by a Member of Parliament in the Commons under the new Bill are neatly differentiated in colour. The expanding cities of Birmingham, Manchester and Sheffield of the industrial North gained the most from the legislation, with many ‘rotten boroughs,’ especially in the southern counties, subsumed into neighbouring districts that better represented their populations. It appears that a copy of this map was used by Sir Robert Peel in his efforts to placate the worst effects of Reform during the its long journey through both Houses of Parliament in 1831. On the 27th of July 1831 '[Sir Robert] held in his hand a small map which had been lately published, entitled, ^gA map shewing the places in England and Wales sending members to parliament heretofore, with the alterations proposed to be made by the bill for amending the representation.^g In this map he would draw a line, not exactly across the centre of the country, but from the indenture made in the coast by the Severn to the indenture made on the opposite coast by the Wash. … This line was not a fanciful one, but one which divided with tolerable accuracy the agricultural from the manufacturing districts. On the north of this line were situated the great coal-fields of England, with all the manufactures which depended on them. Taking this line for his guide, he would attempt to prove that the bill gave an immense preponderance to the northern or manufacturing district, and greatly and unduly lessened the weight and distinction of the southern district, which comprised the chief agricultural counties of England.' (Hansard ^gHouse of Commons Debate^g, 27 July 1831, vol. 5 cc. 405-57.^z.
Author WYLD, James.
Date 1831
Binding folding into original green cloth slip case, upper cover with a printed and manuscript label.
Publisher London: Published by James Wyld, geographer to His Majesty, 5 Charing Cross.
Condition Hand coloured lithograph map [56 x 39cm], mounted on linen highlighted to show changes that would occur to the franchise with a printed tabulation below;

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