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,
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, . 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).