CARY, John. Cary's New Itinerary: or, an Accurate Delineation of the Great Roads, Both Direct and Cross throughout England and Wales … Sixth edition, with Improvements.

London, Printed for J. Cary, 1815.


Two parts in one volume, 8vo. 20th-century cloth with green morocco lettering-piece to spine; title, engraved didcation leaf, [vii], pp. [48], [1], columns 3-124, [2, index of rivers and canals], [60], columns 875, pp. 875-946, [3, advertisements, including the one for Strata Smith's Delineation of the Strata of England and Wales], large folding engraved map of Britain in two parts, 6 folding engraved maps; title a bit dusty, here and there a trifle spotted, a very good entirely uncut copy, with the large map not dissected and linen-backed.

One of the most detailed handbooks for travellers in Regency Britain, with maps of London and the fashionable destinations of the day, the Isle of Wight, Bath, Brighton, Margate and Cheltenham Spa. Cary was one of the most accurate and innovative map makers of the period. 'Despite the high quality of his maps, Cary's only public recognition was the award of the Society of Arts gold medal (1804) for publishing Singer's Cardiganshire survey (1803). Cary's appointment as surveyor of the roads to the General Post Office (1794) led to his publication of authoritative road measurements (measured by perambulator) in his influential New Itinerary (numerous editions from 1798). This volume contains an amazing amount of information, ranging from stage coach inss, postal services, exact distances between towns.