"Petit Atlas Moderne ou Collection de Cartes", Delamarche, Francois Alexander
Period: 1793 (published)
Color: Hand Color
6 x 8.5 inches
15.2 x 21.6 cm
This is an early school atlas complete with 30 plates; frontispiece, 2 uncolored celestial tables, and 27 crisply engraved, double-page maps. Each map has bright outline color, and most include a table of place names broken down by region. The maps are nicely detailed with cities, topography, and watershed, and are decorated with rococo-style cartouches. A handsome double hemisphere map with sparse interior detail has a nice depiction of the Pacific islands and shows Van Dieman's Land still attached to Australia. The charming frontispiece features a cherub with a variety of scientific instruments. 34 pages of text follows the maps. Hardbound in original blue paper covered boards with vellum spine and tips.
The maps and text pages have some soiling and occasional foxing. There is some damp staining, mostly in the margins on several maps. The covers are rubbed and shelf worn with some loss along the edges. The spine and binding are sound.