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Paterson, Daniel

A new and accurate description of all the direct and principal cross roads in Great-Britain. Containing the direct roads from London to all the cities, the borough, market, and sea-port towns (&c.). Also, an account of the noblemen and gentlemens’ seats near the roads (&c.) on a plan far preferable to any work of the kind. The twelfth edition including the roads of Scotland, which were heretofore published in a separate pamphlet; and many other very considerable additions and improvements.

London, “printed for the proprietor” 1799.

Reference: 7722
Price: £140 [convert currency]

Full Description

Small 8vo. 2 vols in 1. xvi + lxii + (2) + (351)pp numbered 1-702 with 2 nos. to each page)+pp703-759, (2) folding engraved maps ; iv+215+(1)pp. Contemporary full calf, gilt spine.

Paterson’s pocket-size guide to the main roads of England and Wales, compiled using data from the Post Office survey and Paterson’s own measurements and incorporating the location of the houses of the landed gentry and of respectable roadside inns, as well as distance tables and maps, was hugely popular. This twelfth expanded edition (described as “treble the size of the first publication”) which incorporated the roads of Scotland for the first time, was published after the appearance of a competing publication, denounced by Paterson’s editor as unnecessarily expensive and almost entirely plagiaristic. For readers of today the topographical placing of country houses and the naming of their owners remains helpful.