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Cover: New general atlas Thomson, John, 1817

Cover: New general atlas / Thomson, John / 1817
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Full Title: (Covers to) A new general atlas, consisting of a series of geographical designs, on various projections, exhibiting the form and component parts of the globe; and a collection of maps and charts, delineating the natural and political divisions of the empires, kingdoms, and states in the World. Constructed from the best systematic works, and the most authentic voyages and travels. With a memoir of the progress of geography, a summary of physical geography, and a consulting index to facilitate the finding out of places. Edinburgh: Printed by George Ramsay and Company, for John Thomson and Company, Edinburgh; Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, London; and John Cumming, Dublin. 1817.

Author: Thomson, John

Date: 1817

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Author: Thomson, John

Date: 1817

Short Title: Cover: New general atlas

Publisher: Edinburgh: John Thomson; London: Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy; Dublin: John Cumming

Type: Covers

Object Height cm: 55

Object Width cm: 45

World Area: World

Full Title: (Covers to) A new general atlas, consisting of a series of geographical designs, on various projections, exhibiting the form and component parts of the globe; and a collection of maps and charts, delineating the natural and political divisions of the empires, kingdoms, and states in the World. Constructed from the best systematic works, and the most authentic voyages and travels. With a memoir of the progress of geography, a summary of physical geography, and a consulting index to facilitate the finding out of places. Edinburgh: Printed by George Ramsay and Company, for John Thomson and Company, Edinburgh; Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, London; and John Cumming, Dublin. 1817.

List No: 1007A

Series No: 1

Engraver or Printer: John Thomson & Co.

Published In: A new general atlas, consisting of a series of geographical designs, on various projections, exhibiting the form and component parts of the globe; and a collection of maps and charts, delineating the natural and political divisions of the empires, kingdoms, and states in the World. Constructed from the best systematic works, and the most authentic voyages and travels. With a memoir of the progress of geography, a summary of physical geography, and a consulting index to facilitate the finding out of places. Edinburgh: Printed by George Ramsay and Company, for John Thomson and Company, Edinburgh; Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, London; and John Cumming, Dublin. 1817.

Publication Author: Thomson, John

Publication Date: 1817

Publication Reference: P731; Newberry Library: Ayer +135 T4 1817.

Publication Note: The first edition, with later editions in 1821 and 1827. This magnificent atlas was probably inspired in part by Pinkerton's Modern Atlas of 1815, which it resembles. Pinkerton began publishing his atlas maps in parts as early as 1809, while Thomson started in 1814. Thomson used engravers of Edinburgh, including Kirkwood, Menzies, and Moffat, as well as the London engravers Hewitt and Neele (Neele also engraved all the maps for Pinkerton's Modern Atlas). Thomson adds about twenty maps not found in Pinkerton, eight of which are of islands in the West Indies that served as the source for Fielding Lucas' maps of those islands. This copy has later Thomson maps added by the original owner, including "A chart of the discoveries of Captains Ross, Parry & Franklin, in the Arctic Regions..." and "A chart of New South Wales, Van Dieman's Land, &c." Bound in half leather marbled paper covered boards with "New general atlas. Edinburgh 1817" stamped in gilt on the new leather spine. Maps are hand painted in full and outline color.

Publication List No: 1007.000

Publication Type: World Atlas

Publication Maps: 84

Publication Height cm: 55

Publication Width cm: 45

Image No: 1007A

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