Charles Smith (fl.1800-52) established a London firm of engravers, stationers and mapsellers and traded as Charles Smith & Son (1827-1852). His first county atlas Smith’s New English Atlas was issued in 15 parts with an index and title page. Maps in parts 1 to 14 are dated 1801, the maps in part 15 and title page are dated 1804.
The Devn map has latitude and longitude in one degree intervals but this is the first map of Devon with Longitude West from Greenwich (between borders). The intended line of the Grand Western Canal is shown as well as the proposed Tamar Navigation between New Bridge and Tamerton.
Counties were also available dissected as folding maps c.1848 as Smith’s New Series of County Maps (c.1864), with mail roads deleted and R for railways replacing it. Dissected maps in slip cases are known for some counties with James Wyld’s name on the cover. No copy of Devon has been seen. Charles Smith published a second county atlas in 1822 (91).
The engravers Smith and Jones also engraved Sussex and Berks for this atlas; Smith was no relation to Charles Smith. Benjamin Smith (fl. 1799-1817) was born c. 1774 and apprenticed to Joseph Ellis in 1789. Smith and Edward Jones worked together 1799-1801. He was subequently in partnership with Joseph Bye. According to Worms and Baynton-Wlliams Bye and Smith were convicted for uttering forged Margate Bank notes in 1817 and sentenced to death. Mary Smith wrote a petition for clemency on behalf of her husband.1 Both Smith and Edward Jones worked for numerous publishers such as Laurie and Whittle, William Faden, Aaron Arrowsmith and James Wyld. Edward Jones was imprisoned for debt in July 1806.2
Size 445 x 492 mm. Scale (8 Furlongs + 13 miles = 84 mm) Miles.
A NEW MAP of the COUNTY OF DEVON Divided into Hundreds with imprint: LONDON Printed for C. SMITH No 172 Strand. January 6th. 1801. Signature: Smith & Jones sc. Pentonville below compass point.
 See Worms and Baynton Williams British Map Engravers entry on Benjamin Smith, p. 612.
 See Worms and Baynton Williams ibid. entry on Edward Jones, p. 360.
 Slipcase is later replacement (folds to 185 x 125 mm).
 Set of eight folding maps in specially made book-shaped box with marbled paper and gilt title on spine. The maps cover the south coast and each with small printed paper label. Includes Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Wilts., Hants., Surrey, Essex and Middlesex. Folds to 180 x 120 mm, DEVON printed on label stuck to back of map.
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