"Atlas Universel, pour la Geographie de Guthrie. Seconde Edition, Revue, Corrigee, et Considerablement Augmentee", Langlois, Hyacinthe
Period: 1808 (published)
Color: Hand Color
7.5 x 9.5 inches
19.1 x 24.1 cm
This is a French edition of Guthrie's atlas complete with 28 copper-engraved maps (5 large folding) and an engraving of an armillary sphere. It features maps of the world (2), North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Europe, United States, East Indies, the major European nations, and four maps of both the ancient and modern world. The map of the nascent United States is shown with its border extending to the Mississippi River and 15 states are named. It prominently depicts the new territorial Gouvernment de Tennassee with several Revolutionary War land grants situated along the Mississippi River including Army Lands and the Illinois, New Jersey, and Wabash companies. The map of North America presents a large Louisiana, a speculative River of the West connected to a series of lakes and rivers, and an Alaskan coastline that is beginning to take shape. The two world maps show Van Diemen's Land still attached to mainland Australia and an incomplete coastline of New Guinea. Hardbound in quarter leather with tips over marbled boards with red leather title label and gilt decorations on the spine.
The maps have contemporary outline color and range in condition from good to fine with occasional soiling, foxing and toning. About half are in "A" condition and half in "B+" condition. The folding maps of the ancient world and ancient Asia have some tears and separations that have been archivally repaired. The folding map of France has several tears and separations that have not been repaired, and is the only map in "B" condition. The covers are rubbed and worn with bumped corners.