# 20069

A general atlas, containing maps illustrating some important periods in ancient history, and distinct maps of the several Empires, Kingdoms and States in the world,

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from original drawings, according to the latest treaties by J. Wyld, and engraved by N. R. Hewitt. Edinburgh : printed for John Thomson & Co., for Baldwin, Cradock & Joy, London, & John Cumming, Dublin, [1825]. Second edition. Quarto, later half-crushed morocco over marbled boards, lettered in gilt to spine (scuffed), marbled endpapers, engraved title page vith copperplate vignette of a tutor instructing a geography class with a floor globe, frontispiece ‘Table of the comparative heights of the principal mountains in the world’, pp. xxviii;

The preliminary text consists of ‘A history of geography’; ‘A chronology of the voyages of discovery’ (with discussion of James Cook and the European explorers’; ‘An analysis of physical geography’, with seven hand-coloured engraved vignettes; ‘Table of the comparative lengths of principal rivers in the world’; 44 hand coloured engraved maps (a number are double page); 18 (index), occasional light staining or finger marks, overall quite clean.

First published in 1819, this second edition of 1825 is notable for the addition of three new maps; New South Wales; Van Diemen’s Land and Ross, Parry, and Franklin’s Discoveries in the Arctic Circle (1818 – 1822). The Australian maps have vignette illustrations of Hobart Town and Sydney respectively.

Rare. A single example located in Australian collections (University of Sydney).