# 20075

WALCH, Johannes (1757-1824)

Allgemeiner Atlas. Nach den bewährtesten Hülfsmitteln und astronomischen Ortsbestimmungen,

$2,500.00 AUD

nebst allen neuen Entdeckungen, Säkularisationen, und Entschädigungen. Augsburg : im Verlag bei Johannes Walch, 1812. Small oblong quarto, original cloth backed papered boards (heavily rubbed, corners worn), hand coloured copper engraved title leaf with original owner’s signature, followed by [35] engraved maps, all with some degree of contemporary hand colouring; manuscript foliation and a few marginalia, some very mild scattered foxing and occasional light handling marks; a very good example.

A most attractive early nineteenth century German educational atlas, produced by the Augsburg cartographer and map publisher Johannes Walch (1757-1824). Walch took over the business of his father-in-law, Johann Martin Will, in 1806. The atlas includes a map of Oceania which has a fascinating array of placenames. Indicated on the west coast of New Holland are Schwanenfluss (Swan River), de Witts Land, Diebes Bay, Edels Land, Dings Land and Löwens Land; along the northern coast are marked Diemens Land, Arnhems Land, and Carpentaria; in Neu-Südwallis (the entire eastern portion of the continent) Albion, Port Jackson, Botany Bay and Point Hicks are indicated; and the north and south islands of New Zealand are named Ehinomanwi and Tovipunammu, respectively.

Scarce. Tooley lists editions of the Allgemeiner Atlas of 1803, 1808 and 1816, but not this edition of 1812.

Unrecorded in Australian collections.