VANDERMAELEN, Philippe (1791-1869). Atlas Universel De Geographie Physique, Politique, Statistique et Mineralogique Sur L'echelle De 1/1641836 Ou D'une Ligne Par 1900 Toises. Brussels: [P.M.G. Vandermaelen,] 1827.
6 volumes. Folio (21 1/8 x 14 inches). 7 lithographed index maps, one chart of comparative altitudes of mountains, and 382 double-page lithographed maps by Henri Ode and Vandermaelen, hand-colored in outline (lower outer blank corners of first 3 leaves in volume I renewed without loss, some foxing on title-pages, to text leaves, to the general map of North America, and to Asia no. 8 (part of Russia). Contemporary green straight-grain morocco, gold-tooled border and corners (quite worn, backstrips detached or torn, edges and covers scuffed).
Provenance: from the library of the Onondaga Historical Association, with their bookplate and library stamps on the end-leaves.
THE FIRST LITHOGRAPHED ATLAS
First edition. Vandermaelen, a renowned Belgian cartographer, who is known for his many detailed maps of Brussels, built one example of the monumental globe that the maps in these volumes were designed to create. It required the building of a custom-made room, within Vandermaelen's own spacious Geographical Institute, and measured more than 23 feet in diameter. As such it remains the largest image of the earth's surface available to a 19th century audience. As a result of its large size, and uniform scale this atlas is very important for its large scale depiction of newly discovered and developed areas, including the American West, the Far East and Australia. Koeman I Vdm 1; NMM III 179; Philips, Atlases 747; Tooley 311. Catalogued by Kate Hunter