Auction 120, Lot 858

"Tunison's Peerless Universal Atlas of the World", Tunison, H. C.

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1886 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

12 x 14.5 inches
30.5 x 36.8 cm

A lovely and unusual atlas filled with 106 wax engraved, hand colored maps and diagrams, most with decorative borders and some with vignettes. There are 22 double page, and 74 single and half page maps, many of which are printed on both sides. Also featured are two pages of presidential portraits, a page depicting methods of travel, and numerous engravings showing the diverse civilizations and cultures of the world. A state by state index precedes several pages of tables and a North polar map to complete the atlas. Small Folio, 208 pp. Original hardbound with embossed brown cloth boards. Decorative title stamped on front cover. This difficult to find atlas will benefit from professional rebinding.


Condition: B

The maps are very good to fine with bright, strong coloring. Some pages have a small amount of chipping along edges, and a couple have small tears and holes. Covers are separated and are quite worn. Spine and front endpaper missing.

Estimate: $250 - $350

Sold for: $180

Closed on 7/18/2007