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Auction 168, Lot 710

"Smith's New General Atlas Containing Distinct Maps of All the Principal Empires, Kingdoms, & States Throughout the World...", Smith, Charles

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1816 (published)


Color: Hand Color

12.7 x 15.8 inches
32.3 x 40.1 cm

This complete atlas contains a total of 47 maps on 49 sheets including 4 maps of the world, 28 of Europe, 8 of Asia, 2 of Africa, and 8 related to the Americas. According to Phillips, this is the second edition, with the first being published in 1808 with 40 maps. Of particular interest is the map of North America which shows the United States confined to east of the Mississippi River and a large Louisiana extending to the Stoney Mountains. West of the Rocky Mountains is virtually void of detail except for along the coastline. Alaska is labeled Russian Settlements. The map of the United States shows Georgia Territory extending to the Mississippi River and Florida is divided between East and West. Tennessee is spelled Tannessee and Western Territory occupies all of the land north of the Ohio River and west of Pennsylvania. The maps of Europe have been updated to reflect the Treaty of Vienna (1815), which established new political boundaries after the fall of Napoleon. As a result, Prussia, Austria and Russia made substantial boundary gains. Includes 3 maps of France showing its shrinking footprint. Quarto, hardbound in quarter calf with leather tips over marbled boards.

References: Phillips (Atlases) #729.

Condition: B+

Condition code is for the maps which are very good to mostly near fine with occasional faint scattered foxing, light offsetting, and minor surface soiling. The map of Prussia has a short edge tear along the top border that just enters the image. There is a previous owner's bookplate on the front free endpaper, which is loose at bottom. The front cover has separated from the text block and the back cover is starting to separate. The boards and spine are heavily worn and chipped. Given the favorable condition of the contents, this example would benefit from professional rebinding.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,700

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 6/6/2018