Media Information

Collection name:
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
Fullarton, A. & Co.
Short Title:
British Empire Throughout the World Exhibited In One View.
A. Fullarton & Co.
Publisher Location:
London and Edinburgh
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This double page map is titled "British Empire Throughout The World Exhibited In One View." The British possessions are colored in red as was typical of maps of the period showing the British Empire. It is highly decorative and it appeared in Fullarton's Royal Illustrated Atlas which was first published in 1864 after being issued in 27 parts from 1854-62. Map surrounded by drawings of the inhabitants of each dominion. Tables include size and population of nations around the world.
cf P838 (1862); M&B p182; Tooley Australia 659 (1872); NMM 521.
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British Empire Throughout the World Exhibited In One View. Compiled By John Bartholomew Junr. F.R.G.S. A. Fullarton & Co. Edinburgh, London & Dublin.
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Bartholomew, John Jr.
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Fullarton, A. & Co.
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The Royal Illustrated Atlas, Of Modern Geography With An Introductory Notice By Dr. N. Shaw, Secretary To The Royal Geographical Society &c. A. Fullarton And Co. London And Edinburgh. (title page only) W.B. Scott. W. Holl.
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cf P838 (1862); M&B p182; Tooley Australia 659 (1872); NMM 521.
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1st edition 1864; published in 27 parts 1854-62. The date of 1872 is estimated by the Australia map; all the maps are undated and probably date throughout the period 1864 to 1872: the North America map shows Colorado and Russian America while the United States map has no Colorado. The World maps show Alaska. This is the last highly decorative atlas published in England. Even the maps without views or figures are beautifully engraved and colored with a mixture of printed color and hand color. Swanston, Petermann, Bartholomew, Macnab and Johnson engraved the maps. The introduction by Shaw among other things lists important general atlases published over a long period. He lists only one United States atlas, Mitchell's Universal Atlas of 1853! The maps bear a superficial resemblance to Keith Johnston's Royal Atlas. Fullarton frequently gives the sources for his maps - for the United States maps he gives Calvin Smith and Tanner as sources. The atlas is bound in half leather dark green cloth covered boards with "The Royal Illustrated Atlas." stamped in gilt on the cover; the spine reads "Royal Illustrated Atlas" in gold.
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Ownership Statement:
Copyright 2005

British Empire Throughout the World Exhibited In One View.