London, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dublin. Blackie & Son. 1882.
Large atlas, single- and double-page color maps, 10 full-page color plates, black and white in-text illustrations, ix + 3 reference / table pages (unpaginated) + 304 text pages + 67 maps (unpaginated) + 96 index pages, 15 1/2 x 13 x 2 3/4 inches. Half leather binding, all-edges gilt, gilt debossed titles, marble endpapers. Extremities rubbed, some patches of cloth covering worn away at top and bottom edges, 1/4 inch abrasion to front cover, light foxing to front and back free endpapers. A few light marks to maps of Brazil, British Isles, and southern England; short (up to 1 1/4 inch) tears to bottom edge of maps of southern and northern England, Switzerland, western German Empire, and Europe. Interior in very good clean condition overall; binding tight. A well-preserved and weighty volume which will require extra shipping charge for priority mail. Exceptionally finely printed color maps show the world as it was some 130 years ago with China, Russia, Britain and Germany as empires - sic transit gloria mundi... There are many fewer countries than exist today. The color engravings show the world's peoples as they were classified at the time, with Persians belonging to the "Caucasian Race" and so on. Full title: "The Comprehensive Atlas & Geography of the World: Comprising an Extensive Series of Maps, A Description, Physical and Political, of all the Countries of the Earth; A Pronouncing Vocabulary of Geographical Names, and a Copius Index of Geographical Positons. Also Numerous Illustrations Printed in the Text, and a Series of Coloured Engravings Representing the Principal Races of Mankind." Item #56276