LAURIE, Robert Holmes and mes WHITTLE (publishers) - Thomas KITCHIN
A New Universal Atlas, exhibiting all the empires, kingdoms, states, republics, &c. &c. in the whole world. being a complete collection of the most approved maps extant....including all the tracks and new discoveries of the British circumnavigators Biron [sic], Wallis, Carteret, Captain James Cook, Vancouver, Perouse, &c. &c. The fifth edition.
London: Printed and Published by Robert Laurie and James Whittle, 1801. Folio. (21 1/8 x 15 1/4 inches). Mounted on guards throughout, letterpress title (verso blank) and 1p. index (verso blank), otherwise engraved throughout. 59 engraved maps on seventy-five mapsheets, all hand-coloured in outline (1 map on 3 folding sheets; 14 on 2 folding sheets; 9 on single folding sheets; 34 on single double-page sheets; 1 on a one-page sheet).
Contemporary tree calf, covers with roll-tool border in gilt, the flat spine divided into seven compartments by gilt fillets and roll-tools, blue morocco lettering-piece in the second, the other compartments with repeat neo-classical decoration of a single centrally-placed tool, marbled endpapers
A very fine copy of the fifth edition of this important atlas of the world, including a newly revised chart of world and nine other maps that were not available in the early editions of this spectacular work
Eight editions of this work were issued on an almost annual basis from 1796 until 1807. The publishers constantly changed and improved the atlas in an effort to outdo not only their competitors, but also to improve on the previous edition. Maps were added (the first edition included only 66 map sheets), maps were replaced (the present work includes two maps dated 1800, including 'A New Chart of the World' dated 25 November 1800), and maps were updated (eight maps are dated 1799).
The scale of some of the maps is truly spectacular: this atlas contains 15 maps that if joined would form large scale wall maps: 'Asia and its Islands' (on three folding sheets, ranging from the Arctic regions in the north, down through Russia, Indonesia and Australia) would measure approximately 56 x 46 inches if assembled. The remaining maps on two folding sheets would all be approximately 40 x 46 inches if joined: these include three maps of American interest: 'A new map of the whole continent of America'; 'A new map of North America, with the West India Islands'; and 'A map of South America'. The remaining areas that are covered by large scale maps are 'A general map of the World'; England & Wales; Scotland; Ireland; the Netherlands; Germany; Hindoostan; Bengal, Bahar, etc; Delhi, Agrah, Oude and Allahabad.
This atlas was originally created by Thomas Kitchin. Sayer and Bennett had published the work in 1773, and Laurie and Whittle took over the Sayer business in 1794. They subsequently enlarged the work, adding maps and changing the name from the General Atlas to A New Universal Atlas . The maps are based on the work of a variety of mapmakers and surveyors: Thomas Kitchin, Thomas Jefferys, John Rocque, Robert Campbell, John Armstrong, John Roberts, L. S. d'Arcy Delarochette, James Rennell, Andrew Dury, Thomas Pownall and Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville. Also included is the information gathered as a result of the important Pacific voyages of Captain James Cook, George Vancouver, and Jean Francois Galaup de La Perouse.
Phillips Atlases 3534.