Auction 135, Lot 774

"Specially Patronized Family Cabinet Atlas", Starling, Thomas

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1831 (published)


Color: Hand Color

4.3 x 6.7 inches
10.9 x 17 cm

This is an early specially patronized edition, of Starling's very popular Victorian miniature atlas. A key to points of interest on each map can be found on the facing page. Engraved title page, table of contents, preface and 49 single-page maps. Included are four comparative plates showing mountains, rivers, lakes and seas, three world maps, the normal complement of the continents and major countries or regions, plus the more unusual maps of the South Sea Islands and Australia. 18 mo. Hardbound in original quarter calf with marbled paper boards. This edition is not noted by King and includes three additional maps. A great little atlas that would benefit greatly from the attention of a binder.

References: cf King [2nd ed.] p. 188; Phillips (A) #6071 (1832 ed.).

Condition: B

Most maps complete with tissue guards and very good with occasional toning or minor spots. Map of Colombia is torn and detached. First few leaves are loose including TOC, title page, preface and seven maps. Binding worn and chipped at head and corners.

Estimate: $550 - $650

Sold for: $400

Closed on 2/16/2011