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Auction 161, Lot 774

"A General Atlas, Containing Maps Illustrating Some Important Periods in Ancient History and Distinct Maps of the Several Empires, Kingdoms and States, in the World...", Wyld, James

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1819 (published)


Color: Hand Color

10.9 x 14.3 inches
27.7 x 36.3 cm
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This complete atlas contains 41 maps (one double-page map of the world) and two tables: Table of the Comparative Heights of the Principal Mountains and Table of the Comparative Lengths of the Principal Rivers. The maps include four of the ancient world, three world maps (including a double-page Mercator's projection map), nineteen maps of European countries, eight maps of Asia, two of Africa, and five related to the Americas. Each map (with the exception of the world maps) features one or more vignettes illustrating a subject related to the map. The maps were drawn by Wyld and engraved by N.R. Hewitt. Published by John Thomson in Edinburgh, to whom the atlas is sometimes credited.

The map of the young United States includes several important historical regions. One of the most unique and scarce features on early maps of the United States is the appearance of Franklinia. This ephemeral state appeared on only a small number of maps into the early part of the 19th century, this being a later example. Another interesting feature is the region labeled Indiana that takes up what is now West Virginia. This land was a major contention between the private Indiana Land Company and the State of Virginia in the latter part of the 18th century. Georgia extends from South Carolina to the Mississippi River. Several interesting place names include the Heckerton Settlement, many early forts, Indian villages, and the location of the winter camps for Lewis & Clark in 1803/04 and Lieut. Pike's two years later. The large Western Territory takes up present-day Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio with the large Louisiana Territory further west.

Folio. Rebound with quarter faux leather and tips over original green marbled boards.

References: Baynton-Williams (TMC-72) #17; Dotson & Baker (OWA) #27.

Condition: B+

The maps, in original outline color, are very good to near fine with some occasional light toning and color offsetting. The double-page map of the world has a 4" centerfold separation at bottom that has been closed on verso with archival materials. The original boards are moderately worn. A previous owner's signature is present on the front free end paper.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,300

Sold for: $800

Closed on 2/8/2017