Joseph Mallord William Turner

Printed Page of Coltman’s ‘British Itinerary’


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Engraving on paper
Support: 117 × 75 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXIII 13

Catalogue entry

The whole page is taken up with the following printed text:
The inaccuracy & magnitude of works of this | kind, are so much objected to by travellers, that | the proprietors of the present undertaking, | are induced to offer the public a neat pocket | volume of the Roads of Great Britain; comprising | the most direct and usual travelling route, to | every Borough & commercial Town in the Kingdom | with the most frequented cross roads. To make | it more concise, obscure villages are omitted; & | those only noticed, where the traveller may | receive accommodation and enjoy convenience. | The seats of the Nobility and Gentry, as they are | so frequently changing their owners, are also | omitted; but blank pages are left to contain | the traveller’s observations.
Every attention has been paid to correctness, | & it is hoped that the work is as free as from error, | as the nature of it will admit; yet every sugges- | tion to render it more perfect will be thankfully | received. The proprietors trust that the very | heavy expence [sic] they have incurred, by engraving | it on copper, in preference to the less elegant | but cheaper mode of letter-press, will be consi- | dered as a proof that nothing will be omitted to | give it every degree of accuracy, and utility | which it is capable of receiving.
Communications addressed to either of the | publishers will be attended to.
For a concordance of the interleaved pages of the British Itinerary, see the introduction to the sketchbook.

Matthew Imms
June 2011

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