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A New General Atlas, consisting of A Series of Geographical Designs, on various projections, Exhibiting the Form and Component Parts of the Globe, Edinburgh 1817
Folio (560 x 435 mm.), contemporary half calf with marbled boards with blind and gilt ruling, gilt ribbed spine with ornate blind decoration to compartments with repair to lower spine and joint repair. With contemporary marbled endpapers. Typographic title page, engraved dedication to Alexander Keith, pp. xxiv, 22, with 74 numbered maps in 77 sheets and 1 chart, in early outline colour. Some light offsetting and foxing throughout as usual, small centrefold splits to maps 45 & 52, generally in good condition.
The FIRST EDITION. John Thomson was born in 1777 to a merchant father in Edinburgh. He started business as a bookseller in Hunter Square, Edinburgh, in 1807. His first major publication was the ‘Traveller’s Guide’ of 1798 which ran to nine editions. ‘A New General Atlas’ was a superb folio production issued in 1817 with the assistance of several partners to allay the cost. The engraving work was split between the various partners in Edinburgh and London. The introductory text is entitled 'Memoir of the Progress of Geography' which is followed by a large gazetteer of over 4000 toponyms. It was the largest atlas published in Scotland to date and was successful with several later editions. The map of Europe within is in four sheets. Other notable maps are those of the West Indies where a number focus on the major islands. There are also fine detailed maps of the Arabian Peninsula, Japan and Korea and Australia. Moir (1973) no. I pp. 129; Phillips (1909-) no. 731; Withers, Charles 'Introductory Essay to Facsimile of the atlas'.