World Atlas Gazetteer Geography 1774 leather pocket book 18 maps Calif. IslandBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
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[World atlases- pocket gazetteers- Geography Books].
Geographie Universelle, Exposee dans les differentes Methodes qui peuvent abreger l'etude, & faciliter l'usage de cette science, aven Secours des Vers Artificiels, et un Traite de la Sphere, par le P. Buffier, de la Compagnie de Jesus.
1774, Paris, Pierre-Francois Giffart.
pp. 383. 18 folding engraved maps of the world.
Excellent mid-18th century pocket atlas, complete with 18 folding engraved maps and in the original full calf gilt decorated binding. Includes maps of the continents, the world in double hemispheres map [showing California as an island), North America, also prominently featuring California as an island, map of Asia including partial outline of the apocryphal "Company's land", etc.
Period mottled leather, spine richly gilt decorated, marbled end papers. Leather remains supple, gilt slightly worn but still with great shelf appeal, front joint cracked but board firmly and strongly attached by binding cords. Lovely small format world pocket atlas of the era. Remnants of 1781 bookplate on front pastedown, small early paper label affixed to spine compartment and front cover.
Complete and well preserved example, unique thus.
Book measures: 6 7/8" H X 4 1/4" W.