Folio, (15 7/8 x 11 ½ inches). Vignette title page (first few leaves a bit spotted). 119 chromolithographed maps on 210 sheets, frontispiece, chromolithographed “European Flags” and “American, Asiatic & African Flags.” Original publisher’s green morocco, green cloth, the spine in six compartments with five raised bands, elaborately decorated and lettered in gilt (expertly rebacked to style, extremities rubbed).
Provenance: From the distinguished library of Christopher Henry Beaumont Pease, Lord Wardington (1924-2005), his sale, Sotheby’s, October 18, 2005. With the binder’s ticket of Slatter & Rose to front pastedown.
First edition, second issue. “The maps are of particular interest as they depict the new communications of the world by cable, telegraph and steamship and railways, the products of a particular area, and the gold and diamond mines of South Africa, Canada and Australia” (Wardington Catalogue). The maps include: “The Old World Showing British Possessions & Trade Routes,” “Atlantic Ocean: Cables & Ocean Depths,” various maps of the United States of America, “West Indies & Central America: Industries & Communications,” and several maps of Australia. Also includes the 32-page “Maps and Diagrams of the World’s Commerce,” with numerous illustrations. Founded in 1834, George Philip & Son is one of the oldest publishers in the United Kingdom, specializing in atlases and maps.