Henry, J. (mapmaker).
No Place of Publication. 1842. Interior page copyrights vary (1830s).
5th Edition. Atlas with black and white wood engravings, unpaginated (approx 140 pages), 15 3/4 x 10 3/4 inches, 3 foldout maps on sheets approximately 15 1/2 x 21 inches, cloth-covered boards with leather spine. Text in French. A volume that has been exposed to moisture with dampstaining and evidence of prior mold spotting to first and last few pages. Heavy wear to covers, including rubbing, abrasions, cracking, split to spine at tail, and a warped front board. Rippling from exposure to damp to most interior pages; a few age spots and light marks; one page fully detached: a few short tears to foldout maps, outside neatline; interior in surprisingly good condition overall. Printing remains bright and attractive on ivory paper. Decorative title pages including one with a map of France followed by 86 decorative pages with map and information on the departements, then a foldout map of France with departements listed and identified, followed by decorative sheets on Algeria and Belgium, then two highly decorative foldouts one documenting animals of the world and one with the two hemispheres surrounded by decorative vignettes. This is followed by a History of France section. Sold with all faults. A volume with an unpromising exterior reveals a stunningly illustrated collection of information about France and the world, with maps incorporated into delicate vignettes and surrounded by decorative text. Editor and cartographer J. Henry believed in making all his work as beautiful as possible. WorldCat notes four holdings OCLC for this scarce title, two in the US and one each in France and England. Item #56347