London. Thomas Salmon. 1772.
Twelfth Edition. Three engravings and 21 maps (of 22 called for), xvi+696, 8 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches, leather boards. Boards are worn, joints cracked but still attached, fore-edge corners front cover severely bumped, previous owner's name and 1775 date on front and rear paste-downs, text block is tight and generally clean. The volume calls for twenty-five plates, twenty-two of which are maps of the known world. Of these, the map of South America is missing (evidently never bound in) and the Map of the World is separated along one fold with lower and right edges abraded. Overall the maps (engraved by T. Jeffery) are in overall good condition with occasional light toning and other issues as noted: The world Agreable to the latest Discoveries. (Split along one fold, wear to lower and right edges. Europe) Spain and Portugal France (light discoloration in one spot) Italy The Seven United Provinces Germany Hungary with Turky (sic) in Europe Poland, Lithuania and Prussia Russia or Moscovy in Europe Sweden Denmark Norway & Finland England from the best Authorities Scotland from the best Authorities Ireland Asia Turky (sic) in Asia East Indies China (some spots and toning) Africa West Indies North America (some spotting and toning) The volume calls for twenty-five plates, twenty-two of which are maps of the known world. Of these, the map of South America is missing (evidently never bound in) and the Map of the World is separated along one fold with bottom and free edge abraded. The remaining 20 maps are Europe, Spain, France, Italy, United Provinces, Germany, Hungary and Turkey in Europe, Poland Lithuania etc., Russia and Muscovy, Sweden and Denmark, England and Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Asia, Turkey in Asia, East Indies, China, Africa, West Indies, North America. Three light toned spots to map of China; overall, these maps are in very good clean condition. There are four sections: I The Astronomy of the Solar System; II Universal Geography; III Geographical Elements, and IV Particular Geography; a compendious study of "Astronomical and Geographical Knowledge...and also the Modern State of the Several Kingdoms of the World." Volume "Illustrated with Twenty-Five maps and Plates Elegantly Executed." The focus of the volume is "Popular Astronomy" and "Universal Geography," with four lengthy chapters devoted to the latter topic. An extraordinary compendium of contemporary geographical knowledge. The map of South America is missing and appears never to have been bound in. Item #54061