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Rocque’s Traveller’s Assistant

SKU: 9293

Rocque’s Traveller’s Assistant

Date of publication:

contemporary sheep


  • Andrew Drury
  • Mary Ann Rocque
  • Robert Sayer
  • Author(s):

  • John Rocque
  • Illustrator(s):
    Thomas Kitchin

    Rocque’s traveller’s assistant; being the most general and compleat director extant, to all the post, principal and cross roads in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland; … By J. Rocque, … London, printed for M.A. Rocque… A. Drury… and R. Sayer… 1763

    The books, its author and publishers

    John Rocque, who played a leading role in revitalising English cartography in the mid 18th century, had died in 1762 and this work appeared under the imprint of his widow, Mary Ann. Andrew Drury moved in the same Huguenot circles, and Robert Sayer (who was still toward the beginning of a long and successful career) had previously worked with both John Rocque and Drury.

    The map

    The map appeared in the London Magazine in the same year, with Thomas Kitchin credited as the engraver in the bottom right hand margin, and without Drury’s imprint.

    Conditions & Materials

    8vo, pp. 136, [iv] + engraved folding map with original hand colour in outline, ‘Kitchin’s most accurate map of the roads of England and Wales’, trivial stain in bottom right corner, imprint of Andrew Drury. Contemporary mottled sheep, joints and headcaps renewed. Contemporary ownership signature of Catherine Cornwalle. Invoice from Charles Traylen dated 1946 loosely inserted.


    ESTC T91191