"A General Atlas of Ancient and Modern Geography", Butler, Samuel
Period: 1827 (published)
Color: Hand Color
8.7 x 11 inches
22.1 x 27.9 cm
This atlas is comprised of 22 modern maps and 21 ancient maps. The modern maps depict the world, 5 continents, 13 regional maps of Europe, and maps of India, the United States, and the West Indies. All of the maps are single-page except for the map of the modern world, which is double-page. The maps were engraved by Sidney Hall and are generally finely detailed with numerous place names, rivers, political boundaries, and topography. Of particular interest is the map of the United States, which has an extended Arkansas Territory that touches the border of Mexico (Texas) with the Red River serving as part of the southern border. The region to the north of Arkansas Territory and lying between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains, with the exception of Missouri, is noted as Western States and contains the names of numerous Indian tribes. Texas is not named and is part of Spanish Territory. Wisconsin is a large territory that includes today's Minnesota and extends to the Red River.
Quarto; title page, list of maps, 43 maps, index. Hardbound in quarter leather with tips over brown paper-covered boards, with gilt title and tooling on spine.
The maps have contemporary outline color and range in condition from very good (B+) to good (B) with light to moderate soiling and occasional toning. The double-page map of the world has an extraneous crease adjacent to the centerfold and a long centerfold separation that has been repaired with archival tape on verso. A number of the pages are detached from the volume, but it appears that all pages are present and in the correct order. The front and back pastedowns are partially detached, as is the paper covering the boards. The covers are heavily worn with scuffs, chips and bumped corners. The spine has some cracks and abrasions.