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Auction 130, Lot 860

"The Royal Illustrated Atlas, of Modern Geography with an Introductory Notice by De. N. Shaw, Secretary to the Royal Geographical Society", Fullarton, Archibald & Co.

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1864-72 (published)


Color: Hand Color

13 x 19 inches
33 x 48.3 cm
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Very lovely and complete folio atlas published by the Royal Geographical Society. It contains 74 map assembled from 27 separate mailings (1854-62) as part of Fullarton's Gazetteer of the World. The last mailing contained title page and binding instructions. All of the maps, including those without views or embellishments are beautifully engraved and colored. The map of the United States shows the Confederate Territory of Arizona as a long strip below New Mexico Territory, and with the oversized territories of Utah, Washington, Oregon , Kansas, and Nebraska. With nine maps of US interest including the two single page plans of Ports and Harbours. Russian America and Colorado are named on the North America map but the map of the United States does not show Colorado. Alaska, rather than Russian America, appears on the map of the World. Many of the maps are highly decorative marking this as the last decorative atlas published from England. Many of the maps are similar in style and appearance to those presented in Johnston's Royal Atlas. Fullarton often credits cartographic sources for his maps, in the case of the United States map Calvin Smith and Tanner are noted. Bound in brown cloth with black quarter leather, five raised bands and gilt title on spine, gilt foredge (T.E.G.). Folio, marbled end papers, title page, contents, Geographical Notice, text 84pp, Geographical Distribution, maps, Index in four parts. Complete and near fine example.


Condition: A

The map of the Black & Caspian Seas heavily foxed. The majority of pages are very good to fine with the occasional spot. End pages are more prone to foxing spots, as commonly seen. Boards are slightly rubbed and scuffed along edges and at spine. Small water stain on front cover in cloth.

Estimate: $3,500 - $4,500

Sold for: $2,750

Closed on 12/2/2009