"The Diamond Atlas with Descriptions of All Countries … The Western Hemisphere", Morse & Gaston
Period: 1859 (published)
Color: Hand Color
6.4 x 7.5 inches
16.3 x 19.1 cm
This is a 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 and climates. The book contains two title pages, publishers' preface, table of contents, text and 54 maps (two double page), 239pp. Rebound using original red leather embossed boards with new spine and endpapers. All edges gilt.
Maps are in original color and are very good with light toning and very occasional foxing. The original boards are bumped and worn.