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    Aaron Arrowsmith and Samuel Lewis. A New and Elegant Atlas. Comprising all the New Discoveries to the Present Time. Containing Sixty Three Maps, ... Boston: Published by Thomas & Andrews, 1812.

    Second edition. Quarto (10.5 x 8.75 inches; 267 x 222 mm.). [4] pages. With sixty-three copper-engraved maps of the world, two of which are folding.

    Contemporary limp calf, covers tooled in blind, somewhat in imitation of a stereographic polar projection, with single-fillet rays emanating to the single-fillet border from a center point around which three concentric circles and an octagon have also been blind tooled. The initials "I" and "W" rendered in a blind repeating dot pattern at the middle top edge of the front cover. Contemporary manuscript numbers to upper outer corner of each map. Scattered light foxing and toning. Offsetting from plates to blank versos of preceding maps. Lower edge of map 25 ("Chart of the East-India Islands, Etc.") torn away, unaffecting the map, but the leaf is trimmed close at top, just touching the latitude designations. Map 1 ("The World, Planisphere"), and map 30 ("The United States of America") with inexpert hand-coloring, and some maps highlighted in watercolor. Rubbing and wear to binding extremities. Fore-edge of front flyleaf tattered. Overall a very good copy.

    A handsome copy of this important American atlas, in a rustic but completely charming contemporary binding. The atlas, including a map that became "the primary map of the newly purchased territory of Louisiana and its surroundings" (Cohen), represented the sometimes limited geographical knowledge of the country at the time: Notably, the map of the United States extends just west of the Mississippi, which is completely blank except for a rough approximation of the Missouri River up to the 42nd parallel north, approximately.

    Originally printed in 1804, this second edition of Arrowsmith and Lewis' New and Elegant Atlas included the fifty-six maps that comprised the first edition, plus seven new ones: "Australasia" (with incomplete coastline), "Polynesia", "New-Granada", "Caraccas", "Peru", "Chili", and "La Plata".
    Cohen, p. 80. Phillips A-718.


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