JOHNSTON, Alexander Keith (1804-1871). Handy Royal Atlas of Modern Geography. Edinburgh and London: W. & A. K. Johnston, 1898.

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Folio, (15 x 10 ½ inches). 52 fine chromolithographed maps, including frontispiece “North Polar Chart” (a few pale marginal stains). Original publisher’s burgundy half morocco, lettered in gilt, the spine in six compartments, with five raised bands, gilt-lettered in one, all edges gilt (extremities rubbed).

Provenance: From the distinguished library of Christopher Henry Beaumont Pease, Lord Wardington (1924-2005), his sale, Sotheby’s, October 18, 2005. With the ink stamp: “F. J. Walker, Mezzo-Monte, Cannes, France to endpapers.

Second edition, reduced and with new information from the original 1861 edition. With a dedication to the Prince of Wales rather than Queen Victoria, and revised to reflect the political and territorial changes that had occurred. “The modified boundaries of Greece and Turkey consequent on the recent war. The respective leased territories of Britain, Germany, and Russia in China; the newly settled boundary between Afghanistan and Baluchistan, with the finally adjusted boundary of the Pamir between Russia and Britain; the route of the Trans-Siberian Railway, and the principal names mentioned in connection with the recent frontier war in North-West India. In Western Australia all the chief mining centres and latest travellers’ routes. On the Nile, the military railway laid across the Nubian Desert by the British and Egyptian Expedition. In Abyssinia and Somali Land the new treaty boundaries as agreed to by Menelek and Great Britain, France, and Italy. In West Africa the new boundaries limiting the Royal Niger Company Territory, agreed on by Great Britain and France. The new divisional arrangements of the Dominion of Canada, and the names connected with the different routes to the Klondike goldfields. Since the Map of West India Islands was printed Spain has ceded Cuba and Puerto Rico to the United States. The northern boundary of Paraguay with Bolivia, as also the modified boundary of North Argentine and Chile. The route taken by Dr. Nansen in the Fram, and subsequent homeward return journey. Recent exploration in Franz Joseph Land, exhibiting considerable changes in the delineation of that region” (from the Preface).

Includes several nice maps of Australia and New Zealand, showing colonial boundaries and territories. Two have insets of Tasmania and the Cape York Peninsula. There are also a number of maps showing the United States: one showing the whole country, and the others split up into “North Eastern Sheet” (with an inset of Maine), “South Eastern Sheet” (with an inset of “The Atlantic States Between Boston & Philadelphia”), “Central Sheet,” and “Western Sheet.” Other maps include: “West India Islands and Central America” and two maps of South America (“Northern Sheet” and “Southern Sheet”), one with an inset of the Galapagos Islands.