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image of Atlas Universel.

ROBERT DE VAUGONDY, Gilles.
Atlas Universel. Paris, Robert de Vaugondy & Boudet, 1757. Contemporary half-calf with corners. Uncut with full margins, some paper browning in some maps.
A very fine first edition of this atlas with an engraved title and 103 maps in original outline colour. Of the 103 maps, 12 are of the ancient world and 91 reflect modern geography.
[Ref: 9293]  

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image of A New General and Universal Atlas Containing Forty five Maps by Andrew Dury. Engraved by Mr. Kitchin , & Others.

DURY, Andrew.
[A delightful 18th century miniature atlas bound in red morocco]
A New General and Universal Atlas Containing Forty five Maps by Andrew Dury. Engraved by Mr. Kitchin , & Others. London: A. Dury & Robert Sayer, 1761. Small 8vo, full morocco gilt, a.e.g., marbled endpapers; engraved title, dedication & index; 39 engraved maps in original colour, as called for (six folding maps each counted as two in the index). Old ink ownership inscription on back of index plate.
A miniature atlas published during the Seven Years' War, accounting for the folding map of Canada, marking Quebec and Louisburg. Although the maps are small they are executed with clarity, the work of famous engravers including Kitchen, Gibson & Ellis. The ownership inscription is that of Catherine Rannie (d.1823), mother of Scottish painter James Rannie Swinton (1816-1888), the most fashionable portrait painter of the day.
[Ref: 16194]  

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image of Almanach Géographique ou Petit Atlas Élémentaire...

DESNOS, Louis Charles.
[A charming 18th century miniature atlas]
Almanach Géographique ou Petit Atlas Élémentaire... Paris: Desnos, c.1770. Small 8vo, contemporary calf gilt, maroon morocco title label, marbled endpapers; engr. dedication & title, frontis. portrait; pp. (iii) (engraved dedication text), 32 double-page maps in original hand colour, + (2) (engraved list o
A miniature atlas in fine colour, dedicated to Christian VII of Denmark (1749-1808). As he ascended to the Danish throne in 1766 and the map of Asia does not mark Cook's discoveries in Austraia and New Zealand (1769-70) the atlas must date between 1766-c.1770.
[Ref: 13035]  

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image of Atlas Céleste de Flamstéed, Approuvé par L'Académie Royale des Sciences, et Publié sous le Privilege de Cette Companie. Seconde Édition.

FORTIN, Jean.
[Celestial Atlas]
Atlas Céleste de Flamstéed, Approuvé par L'Académie Royale des Sciences, et Publié sous le Privilege de Cette Companie. Seconde Édition. Paris, Fortin & F.G. Deschamps, 1776. Small 4to, half calf, chipped & rubbed; pp. viii + 30 double-page plates as called for + 40pp. Plate 30 with top corners torn off (approx 1cm).
A French edition of the 'Atlas Coelestis', the celestial atlas by John Flamsteed, 1729. Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal, published a highly-influential Catalogue of Stars in 1688: here the stars are still grouped into their classical constellations with their allegorial figures, but are graded more scientifically, with a scale of six Orders of Magnitude. The text at the rear consists of: 'De Catalogue des Étoiles' (Catalogue of Stars); 'Moyens de Connoitre les Constellations..' (Ways to recognise the Constellations); 'Problême I [-XI]' (Exercises 1-9) POGGENDORFF: 1, 758; BROWN, 47.
[Ref: 8301]  

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image of Atlante dell' America Contenente le Migliori Carte Geografiche, e Topografiche delle Principali Città, Laghi, Fiumi, e Fortezze del Nuovo Mondo.

MASI, Giovanni Tommaso.
[A Revolutionary War atlas of America]
Atlante dell' America Contenente le Migliori Carte Geografiche, e Topografiche delle Principali Città, Laghi, Fiumi, e Fortezze del Nuovo Mondo. Livorno: Masi e Comp, 1777. Folio, vellum-backed limp boards, edges uncut; engr. frontis., title; pp. 15 (half-title and description of map), one engraving in text, 39 engraved maps and plans (22 double-page) 5 views (3 folding). Complete as index (No. vii, view and map of Quebec counted as one). Worming in margins of four plates.
An Italian atlas of the Americas, published during the Revolutionary War. The townplans include Boston, Quebec, St Augustine, Havana, Cartagena, Quito, Porto Bello and Chagre.
[Ref: 14000]  

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image of Atlante Novissimo, Illustrato ed Accresciutto sulle Osservazioni, e Scoperte fatte dal piu' celebri e piu' recentri Geografi, che ora per la prima volta si produce.

ZATTA, Antonio.
[Zatta's Atlante Novissimo]
Atlante Novissimo, Illustrato ed Accresciutto sulle Osservazioni, e Scoperte fatte dal piu' celebri e piu' recentri Geografi, che ora per la prima volta si produce. Venice, 1779 [-1784]. 4 vols, folio, original vellum with morocco title labels; Vol 1: double-page frontis., engr. title; pp. (xxii) + 50 + (ii), 70 maps; Vol 2: engr. title, index of maps, 49 maps; Vol 3: engr. title, index of maps, 54 maps; Vol 4: engr.
A fine example of this extensive atlas, with fine original colour throughout, All maps are hand-coloured, with each title in a decorative cartouche surrounded by the architecture, animals, and landscape one was thought to encounter in that particular environment. All known areas of the world are documented, along with celestial maps, diagrams of the universe, ancient empires, and a plethora of maps concentrated on the countries and provinces of Europe. Also included is Zatta’s celebrated version of 'Le Colonie Unite delle America Settentrie' based on Mitchell’s map of America (1775), the first map to name to United States. Many of the maps in this section were engraved during the Revolution, and include vignettes which reference military and naval engagements, along with other political and economic information. Another particularly important map is 'La Nuova Zelanda,' which was one of the first published versions of Cook’s chart of New Zealand.
[Ref: 13192]  

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image of Atlas Elemental Moderno ò Coleccion de Mapas, para enseñar á los niños geografía; con una idea de la Esfera.

LOPEZ, Don Thomas.
[A scarce Spanish school atlas]
Atlas Elemental Moderno ò Coleccion de Mapas, para enseñar á los niños geografía; con una idea de la Esfera. Madrid: 1792. 8vo, contemporary full calf, marbled endpapers; engr. title, pp. 24, 27 numbered double-page maps in original outline colour, as called for.
A scarce school atlas, by Don Thomas Lopez de Vargas Machuca (1730-1802), Geographer to the King of Spain. The maps are: two celestial, a double-hemisphere world; Europe and 11 European countries; Asia, the East Indies and China & Japan; Africa, Egypt and Barbary; North America (showing a North West Passage, United States, Gulf of Mexico and South America; and ancient maps of Israel and the land mentioned in the New Testament of the Bible.
[Ref: 14126]  

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image of Fairburns Miniature Atlas.

FAIRBURN, John.
[A superb and scarce miniature atlas by J. Fairburn]
Fairburns Miniature Atlas. London, No 146 Minories, 1800, original colour, book size 110 x 125mm A fine example.
A very attractive and scarce duodecimo miniature atlas by John Fairburn. Aside from the first map of the World which is presented in two hemispheres, all the other maps are contained within a single circle. The maps are beautifully and delicately rendered, in original colour and with Fairburns name and address at "The Minories" appearing below eleven of the plates. The whole edition is bound in blue pasteboard covers as originally issued. The map of North America is particularily interesting as it includes "Franklinia". In the latter part of the 18th Century, settlers in Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee decided to form their own state due to poor representation in State Government, . A government was formed and initial organizational meetings conducted, but the breakaway state was quickly supressed by the authorities in North Carolina, though not before the State of Franklinia began appearing on a number of English maps of the period The maps contained in this volume are as follows: 1) A Map of the World; Western Hemisphere or New World.; Eastern Hemisphere or Old World. 50 x 95mm diameter 2) A Map of Europe 50mm diameter 3) A Map of Asia 50mm diameter 4) A Map of Africa 50mm diameter 5) A Map of North America 50mm diameter 6) A Map of South America 50mm diameter 7) A Map of Spain & Portugal 50mm diameter 8) A Map of England 50mm diameter 9) A Map of Scotland 50mm diameter 10) A Map of Ireland 50mm diameter 11) A Map of Sweden & Norway 50mm diameter 12) A Map of Italy 50mm diameter 13) Middlesex 50mm diameter 14) Essex 50mm diameter 15) Suffolk 50mm diameter 16) Gloucester shire 50mm diameter 17) Shropshire 50mm diameter 18) A Map of the County of Derbyshire 50mm diameter 19) Dorset shire 50mm diameter 20) Nottinghamshire 50mm diameter 21) A Map of Cheshire (Published by Saml Darton, 5th of December 1800) 50mm diameter 22) A Map of Yorkshire 50mm diameter 23) Cumberland & Westmoreland 50mm diameter 24) A Map of Huntingdon Sh. 50mm diameter 25) A Map of Lincolnshire (Published by Saml Darton, 5th of December 1800) 50mm diameter 26) Northumberland 50mm diameter SHIRLEY. "Maps In The Atlases Of The British Library 1" Pg 498 T.FAIR-1a, Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, Pg. 48, King "Miniature Antique Maps" Pg 152
[Ref: 1878]  

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image of Uranographia sive Astrorum Descriptio viginti tabulis oeneis incisa ex recentissimis et absolutissimis Astronomorum  observationibus.

BODE, Johann Ehlert.
[Bode's monumental celestial atlas]
Uranographia sive Astrorum Descriptio viginti tabulis oeneis incisa ex recentissimis et absolutissimis Astronomorum observationibus. Berlin, Bode, 1801. Large folio, half calf gilt with marbled boards, some wear; pp. (iv) (introduction and star index); a double-page engraved title and 20 numbered double-page plates, as called for.
A fine example of the largest star atlas ever produced, the apogee of artistic representation of the constellations, yet still maintaining scientific accuracy, showing the positions of more than 17,000 stars (virtually all the stars visible to the naked eye) and more than 2500 nebulae as catalogued by William Herschel. The atlas contains two celestial hemispheres and 18 sheets that join together to make a detailed wall map of the skies. Bode, despite a childhood disease that affected his eyesight, became director of the Berlin Observatory and Prussian Royal Astronomer. He suggested the name of Uranus for the planet discovered by Hershel.
[Ref: 12128]  

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image of Cary's New Universal Atlas, Containing Distinct Maps of all the Principal States and Kingdoms Throughout the World. From the Latest and Best Authorities Extent.

CARY, John.
[An early 19th century atlas of the world]
Cary's New Universal Atlas, Containing Distinct Maps of all the Principal States and Kingdoms Throughout the World. From the Latest and Best Authorities Extent. London, John Cary, 1808. Large folio, rebound in full decorated calf, with morocco title label; marbled endpapers, double-page engraved title, 55 maps on 60 sheets will numbered labels pasted on, as called for, in original colour; index slip and list of subscribers. Inner hinges taped, bookplate on front pastedown.
A superbly-detailed world atlas, containing maps engraved by Cary between 1799 and 1807. Included are a four-sheet map of Scotland and two-sheet maps of Russia and South America.
[Ref: 16203]  

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