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Auction 167, Lot 45

"[Lot of 2] North America [and] South America", Gibson, John

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1792 (published)

Publication: Atlas Minimus

Color: Hand Color

2.4 x 3.7 inches
6.1 x 9.4 cm

This matching pair of miniature maps appeared in Atlas Minimus, a pocket atlas containing 52 maps, drawn and engraved by John Gibson, with revisions by Emmanuel Bowen, and published by John Newbery. The atlas was considered one of the most attractive miniature atlases of the 18th century. Included in this set are maps of North America and South America. Each map focuses on political boundaries, major rivers, and key cities, and includes a note with descriptive information about the region.

On the map of North America, the region east of the Mississippi River is labeled United States, with Louisiana in the Central US and Mexico or New Spain to the west. The only cities named are Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Quebec and Halifax.

References: King (2nd Ed.) p. 172.

Condition: A

Clean and bright.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $120

Closed on 3/28/2018