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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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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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