"The Diamond Atlas with Descriptions of All Countries … The Western Hemisphere", Morse & Gaston
Period: 1857 (published)
Color: Hand Color
6.5 x 7.5 inches
16.5 x 19.1 cm
This is the very desirable edition of this small atlas that contains pre-Civil War American state and territory maps. It includes maps of all the Americas, with specific focus on the U.S. states and territories, several interesting thematic world maps showing data like animal distribution, religions and climate. The map of the territories of Washington and Oregon extends to the Continental Divide. The map of Utah and New Mexico is nearly identical to Colton's important map of the territories. The first 30 pages of the book feature beautiful engravings of ships, animals, natural disasters, climates, and putti. The book contains two title pages, publishers' preface, table of contents, text and 53 maps, 239pp. Hardbound in full red morocco with blind stamped and ornate gilt titling on both covers and spine, and full gilt on page edges (t.e.g.).
The maps are in original color and range in condition from near fine to good, with occasional stains and light, scattered foxing. The front hinge is starting and the covers and spine are lightly worn. Previous owner's signature is written in ink on front pastedown.