Auction 149, Lot 743

"The New Comprehensive Atlas of Modern Geography", Hughes, William

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1863 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

11.3 x 14.5 inches
28.7 x 36.8 cm

This Scottish-produced atlas is complete with 60 maps and two thematic plans. Each map measures approximately 12 x 9" inches or 19 x 12" inches for the double page sheets. The maps include four of the world, 20 of European interest including a double page England & Wales, ten of Asia, six of Africa, 12 of the Americas and three of Australia and New Zealand including a highly detailed map of Van Diemen's Land. Plus five uncolored finely engraved double page ancient maps; two show Greece and three of Italy. The map of the East Indies is curiously titled "Oriental Islands." In the United States, Arizona Territory occupies the southern portion of Nevada and the Nevada/Utah border is one degree west, the last year Utah was in an oversized configuration. Fabulous title page in architectural style with columns, peoples of the world at each corner and other graphic elements. The two thematic plans are quite handsome: "Rivers. Mountains." (the frontispiece) and "Lakes. Waterfalls." Hardbound in quarter black leather with tips and gilded tool work, Moroccan leather label and raised bands on spine, folio, n.d., 20 pp + Index 56 pp, 62 maps and plans. An uncommon, complete folio atlas.


Condition: B+

The maps, in original color, vary from good to very good with occasional foxing or soiling, generally more in margins. Binding is excellent with only minor wear.

Estimate: $700 - $900

Sold for: $500

Closed on 5/21/2014