Boston: Thomas and Andrews, October 1, 1805. Title-leaf, index leaf, sixty-three maps (three folding). Quarto. Contemporary half calf and marbled boards, spine ruled in gilt. Boards scuffed, rubbed, and edgeworn. Hinges tender, first few leaves creased. Mostly minor foxing throughout. Overall, a very good copy. Item #WRCAM55683
An early 19th-century American atlas, first published in the United States the previous year in Philadelphia. Thomas and Andrews also issued Boston editions of the work in 1812 and 1819. The titlepage states that this edition was "intended to accompany the new improved edition of Morse's GEOGRAPHY, but equally well calculated to be used with any former edition, with his gazetteer, or any other geographical work." The atlas includes maps of the world, Europe, Asia, Africa, New Holland, and North and South America. Maps for individual European countries, the United States, and specific states and territories of the U.S. are also included. Separate maps are also provided for the West Indies and British dominions in North America and South America.
The American maps include significant depictions of the American West, including Louisiana (Wheat 259), British Possessions in America (Wheat 260), Spanish Dominions in North America (Wheat 261), and North America (Wheat 262). Wheat says collectively of these maps: "When considered together the four afford a remarkably clear epitome of the knowledge of the West at the moment when Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were poised for the take-off of their history- making expedition."
A nice copy of a popular and early American atlas, in a contemporary binding, rarely met with in the trade. WHEAT TRANSMISSISSIPPI 259, 260, 261, 262. RUMSEY CATALOGUE 2436 (1804 ed). PHILLIPS ATLASES 708. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 8972.