Atlas Minimus: or, a New Set of Pocket Maps, Of various Empires, Kingdoms and States, with Geographical Extracts relative to each. GIBSON, John (fl. 1750-1792).

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Atlas Minimus: or, a New Set of Pocket Maps, Of various Empires, Kingdoms and States, with Geographical Extracts relative to each.
GIBSON, John (fl. 1750-1792).

12mo., (5 x 3 6/8 inches). 41 copper-engraved maps (browned, one or two marginal tears occasionally affecting the image, some creasing).Contemporary crimson leather over paper boards, gilt (worn, lacking front free endpaper and preliminaries). Provenance: with early ownership inscription and pen trials of David B. Mitchell dated March 12th 1813 on the verso of the rear free endpaper; with the penciled ownership inscription of Daniel H. Chase; on he rear paste-down; and of Hannah Jewett dated 1927 beneath. "intended to give young gentlemen and ladies a general idea of geography" (p. [3]) First American edition, though stated as a "New edition, Revised, Corrected, and Improved", first published in London in 1758. "The maps were drawn and engraved by John Gibson, a mid eighteenth-century engraver who is perhaps best known for his four-sheet map of North America following the Treaty of Paris, 1763" (Shirley). One of the earliest pocket atlases printed in the United States, Mathew Carey also published the "American Pocket Atlas" (12mo.,) in 1795. Including a double-hemisphere map of the world, maps of North and South America, Brazil, Paraguay, and Peru. Evans 33794. Phillips, Atlases 691. Catalogued by Kate Hunter. Bookseller Inventory # 72lib171