"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, 239 pp. Hardbound in full black leather with gilt titling on front cover and spine.
The maps are very good to near fine with light toning. The double-page map of the United States has long tears on each sheet along the gutter which have been repaired on both recto and verso with cello tape (C+). The hinges have been archivally reinforced. Light wear to extremities.