BUTLER, Samuel (1774 – 1839).An Atlas of Ancient Geography. Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1844.
8vo. (9 x 6.25 inches) Original half roan with cloth boards and printed cover label (covers nearly detached, heavy wear, stains, text paper yellow toned. No tears.)
21 folded maps, 20 with colored outlines.
Provenance: Bookplate of Benedict Library of Plainfield Conn.; manuscript inscription of W.Kinne DC 1846; pencil markings.
A fine copy of Butler's well-known atlas of the ancient world, with an extensive index with place names based on the authority of ancient and classical authors.
Samuel Butler was an English classical scholar and schoolmaster of Shrewsbury. Most famous for his edition and notes of Aeschylus; however, Butler went on to write “Sketch of Modern and Anicent Geography” along with accompanying atlases – such a the one we have here. His atlases and sketches were frequently reprinted will into the late 19th century. As schoolmaster, Butler’s most notable pupil was Charles Darwin. Butler left his legacy as Bishop of Litchifeld, shortly before dying from asthma in 1839.