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image of Allen's English Atlas, being a set of County Maps on Cards, shewing the whole of the Turnpike Roads, Great Rivers, Navigable Canals &c. adapted for the Instruction of Youth, in English Geography.

ALLEN, Joseph.
[A scarce playing-card atlas of England & Wales]
Allen's English Atlas, being a set of County Maps on Cards, shewing the whole of the Turnpike Roads, Great Rivers, Navigable Canals &c. adapted for the Instruction of Youth, in English Geography. Somers Town, London: Joseph Allen & Robert Rowe, 1811. 42 playing card maps (of 43), in original hand colour, with original box with title & rules on front, contents on back. England & Wales map lightly toned, nick in margin, other cards fine. Box worn.
A rare first edition of this pack of playing card maps, each 93 x 63mm, with foliate borders containing the title of each map. According to the box label the game is played by taking tricks by playing a county adjoining the card on the deck. The England & Wales map is included as an aid, with a different coloured back. In this first edition each card has the publishers inscription 'Pub. by J. Allen, 3 Hampden Str. Sommers's Town 1811' under the title at top, and 'Also by R. Rowe, No. 19 Bedford Str. Bedford Row London' in the bottom border. In the second edition, later the same year, Rowe's inscription had been replaced by a panel of topographical information; apparently the partnership of Allen & Rowe had been dissolved. The maps next appeared in J. Thomson's 'New English Atlas' in 1823, and finally in Orlando Hodgson's 'The Pocket tourist & English atlas, being a new and complete set of county maps', 1827, by which time the maps were hardly 'new'. Surprisingly it was Hodson's edition that was the most familiar to the map world: it was not until 1985 that London map and playing card dealer Yasha Beresiner discovered this playing-card format and recognised the connection. MAP COLLECTOR: 30, p.40-1; KING: Miniature Antique Maps, p192 + Addenda.
[Ref: 14971]  

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image of A New General Atlas, Ancient and Modern, Accurately constructed by James Playfair, D.D. Principal of the United College of St Salvador and St Leonard, St Andrews: and Elegantly Engraved by the Most Eminent Artists in London. Revise and Corrected to the Present Time.

PLAYFAIR, James.
[A Scottish atlas of the World in fine colour]
A New General Atlas, Ancient and Modern, Accurately constructed by James Playfair, D.D. Principal of the United College of St Salvador and St Leonard, St Andrews: and Elegantly Engraved by the Most Eminent Artists in London. Revise and Corrected to the Present Time. Edinburgh: Alexander MacReadie, & London, T. & J. Allman, c.1814. Folio, modern half calf gilt; title, contents and 43 maps in strong original colour.
Dr James Playfair (1738-1819), was Principal of the United College of St Salvator and St Leonard in the University of St Andrews from 1799 until his death in 1819. His other titles included 'Historiographer Royal for Scotland'.
[Ref: 10586]  

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image of A Complete Course of Geographie, by Means of Instructive Games, Invented by The Abbé Gaultier. Collated with the Author's Last Paris Edition, and Digested for Europe Conformably to the Territorial Arrangements of the Pacification of 1815, by Jehoshaphat Aspin. In Three Parts.

GAULTIER, The Abbé.
A Complete Course of Geographie, by Means of Instructive Games, Invented by The Abbé Gaultier. Collated with the Author's Last Paris Edition, and Digested for Europe Conformably to the Territorial Arrangements of the Pacification of 1815, by Jehoshaphat Aspin. In Three Parts. London, John Harris & Son, 1821. Folio, half morocco, printed title label on front board; pp.60, incl. title; engr. table & 15 double-page maps in original hand colour.
The three parts are: a game 'for teaching the names and situations of the different countries and places of the Earth'; a 'treatise on the Artificial Sphere'; and a 'geographical game, illustrative of Ancient and Modern History'.
[Ref: 8167]  

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image of An Atlas of Outline Maps of the Heavens, Adapted to Dr. Jamieson's Celestial Atlas.

JAMIESON, Alexander.
[Celestial Atlas]
An Atlas of Outline Maps of the Heavens, Adapted to Dr. Jamieson's Celestial Atlas. London, G & W.B. Whittaker, 1824, atlas size; 230 x 290mm Original marbled cardboard cover, III pp incl. title pg, 28 plates as called for
A small celestial atlas consisting of 28 engraved plates with the constellations drawn according to their classical forms.
[Ref: 10839]  

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image of Atlante Istorico Politico e Statistico della Polonia Antica e Moderna, con la indicazione dei suoi diversi smembramenti e divisioni.

CHODZKO, Leonard & DUFOUR, Auguste Henri.
[An atlas of the Partitioning of Poland]
Atlante Istorico Politico e Statistico della Polonia Antica e Moderna, con la indicazione dei suoi diversi smembramenti e divisioni. Capolago (Switzerland): Tipografia Elvetica, 1832. Folio, original half calf with marbled boards; engr. title, folding map surrounded by letterpress, seven double-page maps, all with original hand colour.
A collection of maps illustrating the history of the dismemberment of Poland at the hands of Russia, Austria and Prussia. The seven double-page maps, each printed from the same plate, have been coloured differently and given a title label to show the various stages: Poland and its provinces, 1768; the First Dismemberment, 1772; the Second Dismemberment, 1793; the 'annihilation' of Poland as a kingdom, 1795; the creation of the Duchy of Warsaw by Napoleon, 1807; the Second Duchy of Warsaw, 1809 (with land won back from Austria after Wagram); and the New Kingdom of Poland, 1815 (as partitioned by the Congress of Vienna). The maps were prepared by Leonard Chodzko (1800-71), a Polish historian and political activist during the Polish November Uprising of 1830-1. When its failure started the Great Emigration he spent the rest of his life in France.
[Ref: 11130]  

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image of An Atlas of the World Comprehending Separate maps of its various Countries, Constructed and Drawn from the latest Astronomical & Geographical Observations.

WYLD, James.
[A beautifully coloured English atlas]
An Atlas of the World Comprehending Separate maps of its various Countries, Constructed and Drawn from the latest Astronomical & Geographical Observations. London, James Wyld, Charing Cross East, 1834, original colour, book size: 340 x 260mm
A very good copy of this important early 19th century atlas by one of the periods most noted cartographers, in its original binding with marbled endpapers. Containing 54 maps in original colour, and tables as per the table of contents at the start of the atlas
[Ref: 9623]  

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image of The London Atlas of Universal Geography, exhibiting the physical & political divisions of the various countries of the world, constructed from original materials.

ARROWSMITH, John.
[The London Atlas, with Arrowsmith's map of the Republic of Texas]
The London Atlas of Universal Geography, exhibiting the physical & political divisions of the various countries of the world, constructed from original materials. London, John Arrowsmith, 1842. Folio, modern half calf with the original morocco title label and marbled boards; engr. title, index & 66 engraved maps with original hand colour (63 double-page, 2 with folding strips, 1 folding), all tabbed at right margin with printed names for identification; some light waterstaining to contents leaf and one or two maps towards the rear of the volume.
A fine example of one of the most impressive nineteenth century English atlases, including a highly important map of the Republic of Texas. John Arrowsmith first published his Texas map on 16 November 1841, shortly after the Republic was officially recognized by Great Britain; this second state is dated 8 June 1843. It "was probably the first to show the full extent of Texas's claim to the region of the upper Rio Grande, an area included within Texas's boundaries until the Compromise of 1850... the map certainly was the best information on Texas geography available in Europe" (Martin & Martin Maps of Texas and the Southwest, 32; see also Streeter Bibliography of Texas, 1373). The ‘London Atlas' is one of the finest examples of English 19th century atlases, by one of its greatest geographers. The first edition was in 1834, with subsequent editions with title pages dated 1840, 1842 and 1858, but as Arrowsmith was continually adding new maps there is no firm collation for any edition. The contents sheet for this copy, for example, calls for fifty maps, but it has been supplemented with an additional fifteen maps bound in at the end, and an extra map of Central Africa by Stanford showing Congo Free State. The maps were also continuously updated and corrected, so that most appear in several states. The later editions of the atlas are the most valuable, as they include a larger number of maps, and many new ones of great importance, such as those in the present example on Texas and also Australia. The Library of Congress, for example, has an 1834 edition, which contains just two maps relating to Australia. This example has seven maps devoted to Australia and New Zealand, including some of the most important for that region published during the 19th century.
[Ref: 6226]  

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image of Atlas geográfico, estadístico é histórico de la República Mexicana...

GARCIA Y CUBAS, Antonio.
[The First Atlas of Mexico printed in Mexico]
Atlas geográfico, estadístico é histórico de la República Mexicana... Mexico City: printed for the Author by Jose Mariano Fernandez de Lara, 1858. Folio, rebound with original gilt-embossed morocco covers and spine laid on; title, pp. (iii), incl. list of maps, + (24) (indexes), 31 lithographed maps on thirty double-page sheets, all in fine original colour, and two plates, one coloured, as called for. Occasional age spotting, the edges of a few sheets reinforced.
A very important work, being the first atlas of Mexico to be produced in Mexico by a Mexican.. Published when Garcia y Cubas was only 26, Sabin estimates that only 300 copies were printed. There maps are one general map of Mexico with a decorative title cartouche and two composite vignette views; and another general map & 29 provinces and territories surrounded by letterpress text and tables. The two plates reproduce an Aztec text describing their settlement of the valley of Mexico City, with a commentary by Jose Fernando Ramirez of the National Museum. SABIN: 26554; PHILIPS: 2683.
[Ref: 8225]  

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image of Illustrirter Handatlas für Freunde der Erdkunde und zum Gebrauch beim unterricht. im verein mit Heinrich Leutemann...

LEEDER, Ehrenfried & SCHADE, Theodor.
[Old atlas illustrated by Heinrich Leutermann]
Illustrirter Handatlas für Freunde der Erdkunde und zum Gebrauch beim unterricht. im verein mit Heinrich Leutemann... Leipzig: F.A. Brockhaus, 1863. Folio, original half morocco with gilt-lettered boards, rebacked; pp. (86) + 22 wood-engraved maps with original hand colour.
An educational antique atlas, with the 22 coloured maps surrounded by vignettes of people, flora & fauna and other interesting features, drawn by Heinrich Leutemann (1824-1905). Leutemann illustrated a number of books on zoology and anthropology, as well as drawing a number of historical subjects.
[Ref: 12134]  

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image of Grande Atlante di Geografia Universale Statistico e Pittoresco...

MARMOCCHI, F.C.
Grande Atlante di Geografia Universale Statistico e Pittoresco... Milano, Gius. Civelli, 1871. Folio, original half morocco with gilt morocco title label on front board; title, pp. (142), text wood engravings throughout many in original hand colour, 46 steel-engraved maps in original colour.

[Ref: 8867]  

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