Catalog Archive
Auction 167, Lot 437

"A General Atlas, Being a Collection of Maps of the World and Quarters the Principal Empires, Kingdoms &c. with Their Several Provinces, & Other Subdivisions, Correctly Delineated", Wilkinson, Robert

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1794 (published)


Color: Hand Color

11.4 x 14.1 inches
29 x 35.8 cm
Download High Resolution Image
(or just click on image to launch the Zoom viewer)

This uncommon atlas contains 48 copper engraved maps consisting of two double-page maps of the world and single-page maps of Europe (34), Asia (6), Africa (1), Australia (1), and the Americas (4). Of particular interest, the map of North America shows the United States extending to the Mississippi River and the River of the West with its headwaters in the same vicinity as the headwaters of the Mississippi. The map of the United States shows North Carolina's western border on the Tennessee River, Kentucky with early provisional borders, a huge Western Territory taking in all the Midwest, and the region west of Georgia designated with Indian nations. The map of Africa shows Ethiopia covering nearly the entire continent. The nicely engraved title page features a vignette of two allegorical figures paying tribute to geography. Hardbound in quarter-leather and tips over marbled boards.


Condition: B+

Condition code is for the maps, which are generally very good to near fine with occasional light foxing or offsetting. The double-page world maps have light toning along the centerfold, but are still very good. The one exception is the map of the eastern United States that has a 5" tear at bottom left that has been partially repaired with tape on verso (B). Title page is moderately foxed. Both covers have separated from the volume and are moderately worn and bumped, and the spine is chipped at both the head and tail.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,700

Sold for: $1,900

Closed on 3/28/2018