ARROWSMITH, John (1790 - 1873)
The London atlas of universal geography, exhibiting the physical & political divisions of the various countries of the world, constructed from original materials.
London : John Arrowsmith, 1842 (1847). Folio (545 mm tall), contemporary full black morocco, ruled and lettered in gilt (scuffed, corners worn), marbled endpapers, owner’s name of James McCurly inscribed to the engraved titlepage, preface and contents page dated 1847 (the fore edge with some loss and restoration in manuscript), contents leaf in manuscript, 50 large double page maps of the world, extensively coloured by hand, the maps dated between 1832 – 1835, numbering in manuscript, three maps with folding extensions, some minor staining and soiling, a few small tears with expert tissue repair, overall a very good copy of a rare atlas.
A large format Arrowsmith atlas with fine maps of Van Diemen’s Land (dated 15 Feb. 1834), Discoveries in Western Australia from documents furnished to the Colonial Office by J. S. Roe, Esq. Surv. Gen. (dated May 31st, 1833), Map of the discoveries in Australia, copies from the latest M. S. Surveys in the Colonial Office (dated 15 Feb. 1834); Asiatic Archipelago , with inset map of Singapore (dated 15 Febr. 1832).
Arrowsmith’s atlas was first published in 1832 and editions were available through to the late 1840s. Generally copies were bound for individual clients and thus the contents will vary in each volume. One of the most elegant and detailed atlases of the nineteenth century.