Geography rectified, or, A description of the world in all its kingdoms, provinces, countries, islands, cities, towns, seas, rivers, bayes, capes, ports : their ancient and present names, inhabitants, situations, histories, customs, governments, &c
Geography rectified, or, A description of the world in all its kingdoms, provinces, countries, islands, cities, towns, seas, rivers, bayes, capes, ports : their ancient and present names, inhabitants, situations, histories, customs, governments, &c...
Very good(+) Lovely miniature world atlas with rubricated title page. Includes 76 maps plus 2 bonus maps not listed in the index: Armenia and a hand colored Bermuda map. The first 17 maps plus Jamaica, Chili, and Japan with early crude but pleasing color with some bleed through to verso. The maldives map and Asia map are printed upside down although surrounding text on these pages is printed correctly. Small 4to, full contemporary leather with hand tooled design, first fly leaf added, corners worn and strengthened, covers re-enforced with new hinges. The maps in Robert Morden's atlas "Geography Rectified" are some of the first miniature maps engraved and published in England. Produced in 1688, the atlas is noted and valued for its maps of the British colonies, which Morden produced to fulfill the growing demand for colonial information that accompanied the settlements' increasing prosperity. Today, these colonial maps are some of the earliest such maps obtainable. Morden's detailed work shows his debt not only to British cartographic precedent, but also to French maps of this period, which pursued a comparable interest in the burgeoning New World. Robert Morden (c.1650-1703) was a geographer, publisher, bookseller, and globe maker who collaborated with many other publishers in particular Thomas Cockerill to produce high quality atlases (Burden 519-524).
4to., (8 1/8 x 6 2/8 inches). Title-page printed in red and black. Copper-engraved world map and 76 regional maps in the text, including a map of "Armenia" not called for in the "Catalogue", and the supplemental map and description of "Bermudas" after page 544 (some minor browning, a few pale mostly marginal stains and one or two marginal tears). Contemporary calf (rebacked at an early date preserving the original spine, extremities scuffed, free endpapers renewed). Second edition "enlarged with above thirty sheets more in description, and about twenty new maps", of Morden's celebrated first atlas and first published in 1680 with 62 maps. The fine maps are very similar in style to the work of Herman Moll, whose earliest known work was for Moses Pitt in 1678, and may well have been engraved by him. Including a general map of America (Burden's third state) showing California as an island and a further fifteen regional maps of the Americas: Magellanica; Chili; Brasil; Amazone.; The Western Islands; Jamaica; Barbados; New Spain; New Mexico; Florida.; Carolina; Virginia and Maryland; Pensilvania, and New Jersey; New England, and New York; Northwest part of America. Burden 519-524; Sabin 50535; Wing M-2620. For more information about this book, or a warm welcome to see it and other books in our library at 72nd Street, NYC, please contact Kate Hunter, M.A. Oxon, in the Rare Book Department.
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