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Auction 142, Lot 766

"Atlas Universel Physique, Historique et Politique de Geographie Ancienne et Moderne", Dufour, (Family)

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1863 (published)


Color: Hand Color

17.2 x 24.3 inches
43.7 x 61.7 cm
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This complete atlas contains 40 steel-plate maps of both the ancient and modern world. There are five maps of the ancient world, four historical maps, and 31 modern maps, all engraved by Charles Dyonnet. A four-sheet map of France and a railway map of France are also included. Several maps have insets with bird's-eye plans of major local cities.

The map titled Mexique Antilles, Etats-Unis covers the United States, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. The interior of the continent is well delineated noting mountains, rivers and many Native American tribes. There are some unusual territorial configurations in the west, with Idaho Territory extending east to the Missouri River, Nebraska extending to the Sweetwater Mountains, and California encompassing the southern tip of Nevada. A color key identifies European colonial possessions. The two insets are of the French Caribbean island possessions (Guadeloupe and Martinique), the remnants of France's once extensive New World empire.

Title page, table of contents, and 40 maps. Elephant Folio. Quarter brown leather with mottled paper-covered boards, black leather embossed label with gilt titling on front cover, and gilt titling on spine.


Condition: B+

Maps are in near fine to very good condition, with original color, light toning, minor offsetting, and occasional spots of foxing. The map of northern Germany and Prussia has a clean centerfold separation that enters 6" into map at bottom. The map of South America is loose and has damp stains confined to blank margins. The binding is sound, and the hinges are starting. The spine and covers are worn, and the front cover is cockled.

Estimate: $650 - $800


Closed on 11/28/2012