London. Robert Jennings. 1828.
A self-identified "Pocket" Atlas, 6 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches, featuring 71 exquisitely hand-colored and highly detailed maps, almost all in very good clean condition. Those of antiquity, identified as "Classical," are 26 in number while 45 maps reflect contemporary cartography. Most maps measure approximately 6 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches, although there are eight exceptions involving larger folding maps. These vary in size from 6 1/4 x 11 inches to 7 1/4 x 11 inches. The eight over-sized folding maps are identified with double numerals (i.e. "20/21") on the contents page. They are titled "Eastern & Western Hemispheres," "Northern and Southern Polar Regions," "The World" "Central States of Europe as Settled by Congress in 1815," "Ottoman Empire," "Chinese Empire," "Canada, New Brunswick & Nova Scotia," and "United States." A colorful folding chart titled "Principal Mountains & Principal Rivers" completes the volume. The hand-coloring is extremely delicate, and the maps throughout demonstrate enormous attention to detail. The front cover and the free endpaper have come loose from the text block, which is cracked but intact. The spine of volume has top to bottom vertical crack and loss at head; one of the oversize maps, although clean and bright, has been clumsily folded. The contents are a cartographic gem, a beautifully engraved and handcolored depiction of the world as seen by European eyes 200 years ago. Item #55200