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  • Gilling (publisher): A New General Atlas of the World

    Gilling (publisher): A New General Atlas of the World

    Stock No. 1031 BC

    A New General Atlas of the World, With the Latest Discoveries and New Continental Alterations.  London.  W. Gilling, Suffolk Street.  Undated but c. 1820.  Title-page, list of maps, 38 unnumbered plates being an unlisted double-page double hemisphere (on a stub) followed by thirty-seven leaves of single-page maps as per the list.  408 x 320 mm., on heavy wove.  Original half roan, covers recovered in modern cloth, retaining original decorative leather label, (“A New General Atlas 4l. 4s. 0.”), new plain endpapers, inner hinges reinforced with cloth, corners repaired.  Internally wear to edge of map list leaf, otherwise fine, the maps (which are fully wash-coloured) all exceptionally clean and bright.

    A scarce atlas, and rarely seen with the maps in such good condition.  Two copies only listed on copac.  A selection of these maps appears a few years later in a similar production published by Ellis, 5 Smith’s Square, Westminster, which is equally scarce.


  • Johnston’s Historical Atlas

    Johnston’s Historical Atlas

    Stock No. 1225BS

    W. & A.K. Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1880.  Two volumes, 4º (280 x 210 mm.), volume I maps, 34 double-page single sided maps plus index, volume II text (pp. 148).  Decorative buff cloth, fine condition, with original dustwrappers a little worn and torn.  Rare in wrappers.



  • Laurie and Whittle: A New and Elegant General Atlas

    Laurie and Whittle: A New and Elegant General Atlas

    Stock No. 1025BC

    Laurie and Whittle’s New and Elegant General Atlas; Chiefly Intended for the Use of Schools and Convenience of Gentlemen’s Libraries …. Containing Thirty-Eight Maps, Printed on a Fine Wove Elephant Paper.  London, Printed and Published by Robert Laurie and James Whittle, Map, Chart, and Printsellers.  1802.  Folio (325 x 270 mm.), engraved dedication leaf (to the Princess of Wales), title-page, index, explanation of the elementary map (No. 1) followed by 37 other fully-coloured maps numbered 2 to 38.  Contemporary marbled boards (worn) skillfully rebacked and recornered in calf, with inner hinges reinforced with cloth, raised bands, red lettering-piece.

    A well-preserved example of this vividly-coloured atlas.  A large copy with good margins.  Generally in very good state, the maps clean save for occasional very minor marks or soiling in the margins, three maps (Asia, Africa and South America) with some finely-written early ms. notes, Dedication leaf with marginal waterstains.  Early ownership signature (Captain Delasope[?] Bart.) on front free endpaper and title-page, later (1918) ownership name and address on ffep.

  • Lavoisne, C.V.: Complete Genealogical, Historical, Chronological, and Geographical Atlas

    Lavoisne, C.V.: Complete Genealogical, Historical, Chronological, and Geographical Atlas


    … Being a General Guide to History, both Ancient and Modern.. etc.  Third edition, folio (434 x 283 mm.), J. Barfield (publisher and printer), London, 1827.  Unpaginated, 64 double-page hand-coloured maps (giving a total of 43 historical & 26 geographical maps), rebacked and recornered in tan Chieftan leather, raised bands, morocco lettering-piece, inner hinges reinforced with cloth, retaining original marbled boards and morocco label on upper cover, and stationer’s label on front pastedown.  Apart from some very occasional speckling (see illustrations), a very clean and fresh example of the best edition with all the geographical maps, sensitively restored.

    The graphic depiction of chronology exemplified by the historical “maps” in this atlas was popularised by Le Sage in his Atlas of 1801, though the idea seems to have arisen in the eighteenth century.  Lavoisne’s Atlas of 1827 was the most comprehensive English atlas of this type.  Complete copies in good condition are scarce.



  • Middleton, James: A Celestial Atlas

    Middleton, James: A Celestial Atlas

    Stock No. 1084BS

    A Celestial Atlas containing Maps of all the Constellations visible in Great Britain, With Corresponding Blank Maps of the Stars, Systematically Arranged for communicating a practical knowledge of the Heavens.  By J. Middleton, Teacher of the Use of the Globes and Astronomy.  London. Hamilton Adams and Co., Norwich, Jarrold and Sons. First edition, no date but 1842.  Oblong 4º (334 x 417 mm.), pp. vi (“iv” in error) plus five star charts each with its corresponding celestial map.  Boards rebacked and recovered in marbled paper retaining original leather label, inner hingles reinforced but retaining original yellow endpapers.  Internally fine, clean and fresh.  19C. ownership signature & date on front free endpaper.  An excellent copy of the uncoloured version.