103 R Creighton / Samuel Lewis 1831

  

Samuel Lewis (fl.1830-48), trading under the name S Lewis & Co., was draughtsman, cartographer and publisher operating from 87, Aldersgate Street, and 13, Finsbury Place South, London. He is best known for his Topographical Dictionaries of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland with specially produced maps.

The first English dictionary was published in four volumes (quarto) in 1831 and comprised forty-three maps including one of England and Wales and a plan of London and environs. The maps were all drawn by R Creighton and engraved by either Thomas Starling or J and C Walker. The former’s maps can be differentiated as Starling used upper case letters on his Scale of Miles. When the third edition appeared in 1835 it contained a parliamentary map as well, again drawn by Creighton (see 113) and engraved by J and C Walker (see 102 and 116 for other Devon maps by the Walkers).

Early editions of the topographical dictionary contained the maps usually bound in with the county reference. After 1840 the maps were contained in an atlas published separately to accompany the Dictionary.

 

Size 235 x 298 mm.                                                                                                                                             Scale of Miles (20 = 59 mm).

DEVONSHIRE. Imprint: ENGRAVED FOR LEWIS’ TOPOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY (CeOS). Signatures: Drawn by R. Creighton. (AeOS) and J. & C. Walker. Sculpt. (EeOS). No Reference to Places of Election or to the Unions.

 

1. 1831  A Topographical Dictionary of England Vol. II.  (E), (NDL).
    London. S Lewis & Co. 1831.  CCCCXXX, BL, W, RGS.
       
2. 1833 NORTHERN DIVISION & SOUTHERN DIVISION added and Places of Election added above top border. Two roads and To Taunton added at Bampton. (E).
       
    A Topographical Dictionary of England 2nd Edition  
    London. S Lewis & Co. 1833.  CCCCXXXI, BL, KB.
       
    A Topographical Dictionary of England 3rd Edition  
    London. S Lewis & Co. 1835. CCCCXXXII, BL, W.
       
3. 1837 The top imprint with notes on Polling Places and Places of Election removed. (Devon was now the first map in Volume II.)  
       
    A Topographical Dictionary of England 3rd Edition  
    London. S Lewis & Co. 1837, 18381. C; -.
       
    The maps were also available in a separate volume without a title page to accompany late impressions of the text to the third edition. W.
       
4. 1840 Reference to the Unions moved to map area (Ad). Poor-law unions keyed and shown.  
       
    A Topographical Dictionary of England 4th Edition  
    London. S Lewis & Co. 1840.   CCCCXXXIII, BL, W, B.
       
5. 1842 Railway to Exeter added.  
       
    An Atlas Comprising Maps Of The Several Counties Divided Into Unions  
    London. S Lewis & Co. 1842.  BL, KB.
       
    An Atlas to the Topographical Dictionaries of England and Wales    
    London. S Lewis & Co. 1844, 1845. C; W, BL.
       
    An Atlas to the Topographical Dictionary of England  
    London. S Lewis & Co. 1845.   C, BCL.
       
6. 1848 Railway to Plymouth (no extra branch lines).  
       
    An Atlas to the Topographical Dictionary of England    
    London. S Lewis & Co. 1848. W.
       
    An Atlas to the Topographical Dictionaries of England and Wales   
    London. S Lewis & Co. 1848, 1849.    C, BL, A, GL, KB; Sheff.

[1] An atlas seen by Eugene Burden and since broken up.