98 James Pigot 1829

 

James Pigot (fl.1794-1842) started as an engraver for Dean’s Manchester Directory, but later set up his own business publishing the London and Provincial New Commercial Directory first with Dean and alone from 1822-3 and later with his son. For the third edition in 1827, a number of maps were added and in 1830 the maps were separately published in Pigot & Co’s British Atlas (folio, 41 maps). In 1828 the Pigots moved from 24 to 17 Basing Lane. In 1832 they briefly moved to No. 1. In 1838 they moved to 59 Fleet Street.

The maps themselves were printed from steel plates, the first such printed county maps known, and are finely engraved and decorated with equally fine vignette views of an abbey, church or cathedral: Devon has a vignette of Exeter Cathedral. When reduced versions of these maps were produced in 1839 (117A, The Victorian Maps of Devon) the same vignette was used as frontispiece.

In 1844 Isaac Slater joined the younger Pigot, soon acquiring the business and using the imprint I Slater (late Pigot & Slater) on title pages before the map imprints and signatures changed to I Slater in 1846 with issues of the atlas until 1857 (I Slater’s New British Atlas) and directories to circa 1853.

 

Size 220 x 350 mm.                                                                                                                                                   Scale (10 = 30 mm) Miles.

DEVONSHIRE. Imprint: Published by Pigot & Co. 24 Basing Lane London & Fountain St Manchester (CeOS). Signature: Engraved on Steel by Pigot & Son Manchester (EeOS).

  

1. 1829  Pigot & Co’s British Atlas of the Counties of England  
    London& Manchester. J Pigot & Co. 1829. W1.
       
2. 1830    Imprint address changed: 17 Basing Lane London & 18 Fountain St. Manchester. Addition of Long West from Greenh (BeOS).  (E), (NDL).
       
    Pigot & Co’s British Atlas of the Counties of England  
    London& Manchester. J Pigot & Co. 1830, 1831. GL, B; CCCCXXV, C, W.
       
    Pigot & Co’s National Commercial Directory  
    London& Manchester. J Pigot & Co. 1830. GL, WM.
       
    Pigot & Co’s Travelling Map of Devonshire (on linen, dissected and folding)  
    London& Manchester. J Pigot & Co. 1830.                                                                    KB.
       
3. 1839 Polling places added. North Division and South Division added as S.D.and N.D. Imprint address changed to read: 59 Fleet Street London & 18 Fountain St. Manchester. (Address was 55 Fountain Street from c. 1846.) (NDL).
       
    Pigot & Co’s British Atlas of the Counties of England  
    London& Manchester. J Pigot & Co. 1839, 1840, 1843. Leeds, Birm; BL, B; C.
       
4. 1844 Railway to Exeter only. Imprint address changed: 59 Fleet Street London & Fountain St. Manchester. Signature: Engraved on Steel by Pigot & Co. Manchester (EeOS).  
       
    Pigot & Co.s Royal National and Commercial Directory and Topography  
    I Slater (late Pigot and Slater). Manchester and London. 1844. KB.
       
5. 1846 Imprint: Published by I Slater, Fleet Street, London & Fountain St Manchester (CeOS). Signature: Engraved on Steel by I Slater Manchester (EeOS).  
       
    I Slater’s New British Atlas  
    London& Manchester. I Slater (late Pigot & Slater). (1846), (1847).              BL, CB; B, C.
       
6. 1849 Railways Exeter to Plymouth with branches to Tiverton and Torquay, and to line to Bideford with (erroneous) branch to South Molton.  
       
    I Slater’s New British Atlas  
    Manchester& London. Isaac Slater. (1849), (1850), (1857).                               C; CB; BL.
       
    Slater’s (Late Pigot& Co.) Royal National and Commercial Directory and Topography  
    Isaac Slater. Manchester and London. 1850, 1851, 1852.       C, Leics; Leics; GL, Bod.
       
    Slater’s (Late Pigot& Co.) Royal National and Commercial Directory and Topography  
    Isaac Slater. Manchester and London. 1852-53.2 KB, [Slough,C].
       

[1] Pigot & Co’s British Atlas - In 3 parts. No title page (1829/30).

[2] The Directories comprise of between eight and thirteen counties and may include South Wales. The author's copy of 1844 has Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Devonshire, Dorsetshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Heredfordshire, Monmouthshire, Oxfordshire, Somersetshire, Wiltshire as well as North and South Wales. The author's copy of 1852-53 has Berkshire, Cornwall, Devonshire, Dorsetshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Somersetshire, Wiltshire as well as South Wales.