KITCHIN, Thomas (1719-1784)
Kitchin's Post-Chaise Companion, Through England and Wales; Containing all the Ancient and New Additional Roads, with Every Topographical Detail Relating Thereto.
London: Robert Sayer, John Bowles and Carington Bowles, 1767. Oblong quarto, bound in one gathering made up from 28 bifolia (7 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches). Letterpress title (verso blank), 6pp. letterpress text. 1 engraved general map of England, Wales and part of Scotland, 103 engraved strip-maps, printed back-to-back on 52 leaves. (Title and text leaves with neatly repaired splits to folds, title browned).
Contemporary traveling or holster binding: wallet-style dark brown limp morocco outer covering or chemise with attached morocco tie, designed to contain the atlas folded in half vertically. Housed in a modern black morocco backed box.
First edition of this early English road atlas, here in its original wallet-style binding designed for travel and very rare thus.
The scroll-form strip maps show the highways and major roads, with much associated information: mileages, local details, directions, cross-references to tables. Kitchin's work was based on Senex earlier 1719 work, but with new information added to the newly re-engraved plates.