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Auction 189, Lot 734

"Black's General Atlas: Comprehending Sixty-One Maps from the Latest and Most Authentic Sources...", Black, Adam & Charles

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1846 (published)


Color: Hand Color

13.1 x 17.8 inches
33.3 x 45.2 cm
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This complete atlas features 53 maps, including 13 double-page and 40 single-page maps. The atlas consists of the following geographies: world (6), Europe (24), Asia (9), Africa (3), North America (5), South America (4), and Oceania (2). Of particular interest is the map of Mexico which covers the present-day southwestern United States, Texas, and Mexico and prominently depicts the Independent Republic of Texas in its largest configuration. In Upper or New California, there is an American Fur Co. Depot on the eastern shore of L. Youta or Salt L.. In New Mexico, the Great Spanish Road is shown from the Red River on the Texas boundary to Santa Fe, and then heading south through the length of Mexico. The map continues into Central America in an inset of Guatimala. The Great Basin shows pre-Fremont information with numerous rivers including the River Buenaventura which runs straight through on its way to the Pacific Ocean. The atlas also features detailed maps of New Zealand and New South Wales. Other full-page plates include thematic engravings showing Mountains and Rivers and another showing Humboldt's Distribution of Plants. Contains title page, list of maps, introduction & statistics (12 pages), maps, and index (57 pages). Engraved by Sidney Hall and published by Adam & Charles Black in Edinburgh. Hardbound in green quarter leather with tips over cloth boards with gilt title on the spine.


Condition: B+

The maps are very good to mostly near fine with contemporary outline color and some light offsetting. There are a few manuscript notations in the map of New South Wales, and a number of the tissue guards are loose and/or torn. There is a 2.25" x 1" section that has been cut out of the title page, and a former owner's name is inscribed on the front endpaper. The front hinge is starting, and the binding has moderate wear.

Estimate: $500 - $650

Sold for: $375

Closed on 9/14/2022