A Geographical, Chronological, and Historical Atlas, on a new and improved plan; or, a view of the present state of all the Empires, Kingdoms, States, and Colonies in the known World. ... illustrated by charts and engravings.

BLAKE John Lauris (1826.)


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Second Edition; quarto (239 x 161 mm); ix, [1], full-page 'Rail Road' plate, [10] - 196pp., double-page plate with four wood engraving of religious ceremonies (after page 150), folding engraved double-hemisphere world map, with letterpress chronology of modern navigators printed below, seventeen double-page geographical tables, chronological time charts, etc., composed solely of text, some in wash colour. Contemporary half black roan over marbled paper-covered boards, gilt lettering to spine; boards and extremities rubbed, some loss of roan at corners and head of spine. New-York : [Edward Pratt] Cooke and Co.,

Unusual school "atlas", conceived along the lines of Charles Valentin Lavoisne's Complete Genealogical, Historical, Chronological and Geographical Atlas (Philadelphia, 1820). The 'Rail Road' plate depicts a George Stevenson steam train (in the foreground), with a depiction, in profile, of the line from the Hetton Collieries to Sunderland, used for hauling coal to the docks for trans-shipment; this is an early depiction of a steam-train, predating Stevenson's opening of the Liverpool and Manchester railway, the first passenger railway in the world, by four years.  

Stock Code: 223688

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