WYLD, James (1790-1836). A General Atlas, Containing...distinct Maps of the several Empires, Kingdoms and States, in the World, from Original Drawings, according to the latest Treaties... Edinburgh: For John Thomson & Co., [1825].

$ 6,000.00

Folio, (14 ¼ x 10 ½ inches). Engraved vignette title page (a bit toned). 44 fine engraved double-page maps, with original hand-color in outline and most with small vignettes (occasional offsetting and spotting, slightly toned); engraved frontispiece “Table of the Comparative Heights of the Principal Mountains in the World,” engraved plate “Table of the Comparative Lengths of the Principal Rivers in the World,” 8 in-text engraved illustrations, most with original hand-color (offsetting, one or two spots). Contemporary half tan calf, marbled boards, with original printed paper lettering piece on the front cover (front cover detached, corners and spine a bit worn with loss, a few surface abrasions).

Second edition, first published in 1819. A handsome atlas engraved by N. R. Hewitt from maps drawn by James Wyld (the Elder), one of the foremost geographers of his time, with the title royal geographer, who introduced lithography to England. Containing very detailed maps of the world with an emphasis on Europe, but with several important maps showing the Americas and Australia. Most of the maps have a small vignette illustrating a feature of the region.

This later edition has been revised and updated with 3 new maps: “Van Dieman’s Land” [Tasmania], “New South Wales,” and “Ross, Parry, and Franklin’s Discoveries in the Arctic Circle.”

The maps showing America are Map XXXVII “America,” which shows both North and South America with the vignette “Cascade of Regla, Near Mexico”; Map XXXVIII “North America,” with the vignette “Ft. Niagara from the British Light House”; and Map XXXIX “United States,” with the vignette “The Falls of Niagara,” all showing the pre-Louisiana Purchase border at the Mississippi River. To the west of the United States, we see California (present-day Baja California), New California (with the towns of P. Diego, S. Clemente, Ft. St. Francisco, and C. Mendocino), Texas, S. Antonio, Laredo, New Madrid, and N. Orleans. “W. Florida” and “E. Florida” are portrayed as south of the United States, with no part of the U.S. bordering the Gulf of Mexico.

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