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[A New General Atlas]

[London: William Faden, circa 1808, maps dated 1778-1808]. Large folio. (22 7/8 x 17 ½ inches). Mounted on guards throughout, letterpress contents leaf. 55 engraved maps or charts, hand-coloured, hand-coloured in outline or with touches of hand-colouring, by Faden, Laurie & Whittle, L.S. de La Rochette, Henry Roberts and others (1 on a single page, 38 double-page, 16 folding). (The four hemisphere maps and the map of the western Mediterranean shaved with slight loss to imprint or image area, 2 others with marginal tears).

Contemporary binding of marbled paper over pasteboard, rebacked and cornered to style using 18th-century diced Russia, the flat spine gilt in eight compartments delineated by roll-tools, lettered in the second compartment.

A fine example of Faden's atlas:

The atlas includes four hemispheric maps, a Mercator-projection world map (including the tracks of Captain James Cook's discoveries), a number of interesting charts giving depth soundings for the Baltic, the North Sea, the English Channel, the Bay of Biscay and the seas around the Iberian peninsula, two folding maps of the Mediterranean which could be combined to form one large four-sheet map, two folding maps of Italy that could be similarly combined and a larger scale single-page map of the Dutch Colony at the Cape of Good Hope. Additional maps of note include A Map of the Northern Part of France.. (1795); Plan of the Bay, Rock and Town of Gibraltar... (1783); a folding map of Bengal... (1786); a two-sheet map of the Peninsula of India ...(1800); and an important map of The United States of North America with the British Territories and Those of Spain according to the Treaty of 1784. (Feb. 11, 1796) .The US Territory is here bounded in yellow, with the trans-Appalachian portions of that territory noted as having been assigned to the aborigines. Western land grants are named and bounded in yellow ("Wabash Company" &c.) "Indiana" shows the influence of Thomas Hutchins. Faden's "contribution to the development of cartography was considerable, commissioning new surveys and publishing the work of mapmakers throughout Europe" (Tooley). The Maps: 1. [FADEN, William]. Eastern Hemishphere [n.p. n.d.] 2. [ FADEN, William]. Western Hemisphere. [n.p. n.d.] 3. [FADEN, William]. Northern Hemisphere. [n.p. n.d.] 4. [FADEN, William]. Southern Hemisphere. [n.p. n.d.] 5. ROBERTS, Lt. Henry. A General Chart Exhibiting the Discoveries made by Captn. James Cook in this and two preceding voyages…. [no imprint, but William Faden, London 1784.] Full period color, Printed on two joined folio sheets, 21 x 39". Some creasing, otherwise a near fine example. This is the second state of one of the most important world maps or charts published in the late eighteenth century. The first state was included in the official account of Cook's A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, published in three volumes, by "Order of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty," 1784. This second state was separately published by Faden later in the same year. The chart is one of the most up-to-date for the world published to its time. It is also the most important and detailed for Cook's explorations in the Pacific. The track of each of Cook's three voyages (1768-1780) is carefully laid down and annotated, as well as the coasts that he explored, particularly in Australia, New Zealand and the Northwest Coast of America. The first state was issued in black and white, but this example of Faden's second state, published in the same year, has fine color wash throughout. The coloring is not only an aesthetic enhancement, but a new and important tool for reading the map. The Russian discoveries in the Arctic and Northwest coast of America are now singled out in blue, for example, and coasts yet to be explored are outlined in green. Except for notations added to the lower corners, which provide the key to Faden's coloring, no engraved alterations were made to this second state, which is otherwise identical to the first. For comments on Lt. Roberts, the chart's compiler, see no. 50. 6. FADEN, William. Europe Exhibiting its Principal Principal States &c. Engraved by William Palmer, London, July, 1st, 1791. 20½ x 25". 7. FADEN, William. A Map of England, Wales & Scotland describing all the Direct and princ ipal Crossroads in Great Britain…. London, August 1, 1801. 23½ x 28" *** An exceptionally detailed map of Great Britain at the beginning of the nineteenth century, by Wm. Faden, " Geographer to the King and to the Prince of Wales." Each county is individually colored, with the distances marked between the market towns, as well as between many points and London. Great Roads, Mail Coach Roads and Cross Roads, and Canals are laid down . 8. KITCHEN, Thos. North Britain or Scotland…. William Faden, Dec, 1st, 1778. 21 x 28" 9. FADEN, William. A Map of Ireland. London, Sept. 17, 1798. Outline color, 20 x 28". 10. DE LA ROCHETTE, L. S. A chart of the Islands of Jersey, and Guernsey…. With the Adjacent Coast of France. [William Faden, London, 1781.] 20 x 26". 11. MONSR. L ABBE DIQUEMARE. A Chart of the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay…. William Faden, London, Sept. 17, 1794. 20 x 32-1/2". 12. DE LA ROCHETTE, L. S. The North Sea…. William Faden, London, 1794. 23-3/4 x 25". 13. FADEN, William. The Seven United Provinces…. London, 1794. 21 x28-1/2". 14. FADEN, William. A Map of the Austrian Possessions in the Netherlands…. London, July 1789. 21 x 25". 15. FADEN, William. France Divided into Provinces. London, July 26th, 1790. 25 x 20½" 16. FADEN, William. France Divided into Metropolitan Circles, Departments and Districts. London, Oct. 1, 1792. 25 x 20½" 17. FADEN, William. A Map of the Northern Part of France with the Adjacent Netherlands … to Facilitate the Knowledge of the Operations Carried on by the Austrian Armies against the French Continental Troops London, Dec. 21st, 1795. 21 x 30". 18. [FADEN, William.] The Southeastern Part of France….. [n. p. n. d] A map of the French provinces of Provence, Languedoc and part of Dauphine. 21 x 30". 19. FADEN, William. Spain and Portugal…. London, June 4th, 1796. 20 x 25". 20. FADEN, William. Chorographical Map of the Kingdom of Portugal. London, Aug. 12th, 1797. 20 x 30". 21. FADEN, William. A Chart of the Coasts of Spain and Portugal with the Balearic Islands and Part of the Coast of Barbary. London, June 28th, 1780. 20 x 28". 22.-23. FADEN, William. A Map of the Mediterranean Sea…. London, March 1st, 1785. Four sheets joined into two, measuring 23 x 69". A mammoth and beautiful map of the Mediterranean, in vivid full period color. 24. FADEN, William. Plan of the Rock and Town of Gibralter from Actual Survey … 1769 to 1775. London, Jany. 26th, 1783, 20 x 28". *** The Great Siege of Gibralter was an unsuccessful attempt by Spain and France to capture Gibralter from the British during the American War for Independence. Incredibly detailed, the map shows among other details, "the Works. Batteries, and incampments of the Spanish Army on the 19th of Octr. 1782,"and "the Position of the of the Combined Fleet and the Attack by the Battering ships Septr. 13th of the same year." 25.-26. DELAROCHETTE, L. S. Italy. William Faden, London, Septr. 12th, 1800. 2d edition describing the new Divisions. Four sheets jointed into two, 48 x 66". *** A large wall map of Italy designed to reflect the Napoleonic Campaigns in the peninsula up to the date of publication . The French conquests tare outlined in blue, the Austrian possessions in yellow, with the various Italian autonomous or vassal states outlined in other colors. 27. FADEN, William. Nouvelle Carte de la Swuisse {Switzerland). [London] 1799. 24½ x 38". ??A Highly detailed and ornamental map of Switzerland. 28. FADEN, William. A New Map of the German Empire. And the Neighboring States. Originally published by the Royal Academy in Berlin. Engraved with several Additions and Improvements. London, June 24, 1788, Full period color, 24¼ x 29½". *** This is a fine general map of the Holy Roman Empire as it was on the eve of it's dissolution at the hands of Napoleon in 1806 29. FADEN, William. A New Map of the German Empire. And the Neirhboring States with the Principal Post Roads. Originally published by the Royal Academy in Berlin. Engraved with several Additions and Improvements. London, June 24, 1788. Full period color, 24¼ x 29½". *** The map is designed to show the road system for a large part of Europe and is probably the finest of its type for the period. It includes not only present-day Germany, but also eastern France, Switzerland, northern Italy, Austria and Hungary. 30. JEFFERYS, Thomas. A New Map of the King of Great Britain's Dominions in Germany. William Faden, London, June 1st, 1789. Full period,color, 20¼ X 35". Great Britain had been ruled by the German House of Hanover since 1814. The new monarch, George I, kept his German lands, which descended to his descendants, King George II and III. These possessions included a large portion of Northwest Germany 31. FADEN, William. A Map of the Kingdom of Poland and Grand Duchy of Lithuania …. With the Kingdom of Prussia. London, April 2nd, 1799. Full period color, 21 x 23". *** This fine map is designed to illustrate the three partitions of Poland, by which that kingdom was divided between Russia, Austria and Prussia (1772, 1793 & 1795). The Polish nation ceased to exist as an independent entity for 125 years. Faden uses Rizzi Zannoni's 1772 map of the first partition as a base map, to which he added the results of the second and third partitions. The territory annexed by Russia is shown in yellow, by Austria in green, and by Prussia In blue. 32. DE LA ROCHETTE, L. S. Scandia or Scandinavia Compiled from the Surveys made by Order of the Admiralties of Copenhagen, Stockholm and St. Petersburgh. William Faden, Feby. 10th, 1794. Full period color, 19½ x 27". 33. FADEN, William. General Chart of the Baltic or East Sea Compiled from the Surveys made by Order of the Admiralties of Copenhagen, Stockholm and St. Petersburgh London, June 4, 1803. Outline color, 23½ x 32½". 34. NORDENANKAR, ADMIRAL J. Charts of the Straights Between Denmark and Sweden. William Faden, April 10th, 1807. Outline color, 15¼ x 24" 35. FADEN, William. A Map of the Kingdom of Denmark…. London, August 2, 1790. Full period color, 21 x 23". 36. FADEN, William. A Map of the Duchy of Holstein with the Territories 0f the Imperial Towns of Hamburg and Lubeck…. Laid Down from Fisher's Map and Corrected by B---. London, 12th Octr. 1804. Full and outline period color, 18 x 22". 37. LAWRIE AND WHITTLE. The European Part of the Russian Empire/ The Asiatic Part of the Russian Empire. From the Maps Published by the Imperial Academy of St. Petersburg. London, 12 May 1794. Full period color. 18½ x 53". Printed on light blue paper. 38. FADEN, William. European Dominions of the Ottomans or Turkey in Europe. August 12th, 1795. Period outline color, 21 x 28½ *** A handsome decorative map with a large baroque title cartouche. It includes Greece, the Balkans, Anatolia (Asia Minor) and all of the Black Sea. 39. DE LA ROCHETTE, L. S. Greece Archipelago and Part of Anadoli. William Faden, London, January 1st, 1791. Full and outline period color, 21 x30" *** A fine decorative map of Greece, the Aegean Sea and western Anatolia. 40. FADEN, William. Asia. London, January 1st, 1808. Full period color, 20½ x 25". *** This handsome general map of Asia records many of the uncertainties current in Europe about the continent's topography and political divisions. The region of the Gobi Desert, for example, is left completely blank. 41. D'ANVILLE. MONS. [J. B. B.] A New Map of Turkey in Asia. Published by Laurie & Whittle, 12th May, 1794. 20 x 28" *** Based upon the work of the great French cartographer, J. B. B. D'Anville, the map is a detailed depiction of the Middle East at the end of the eighteenth century. It includes the region from modern-day Turkey in the northwest to the Caucasus in the northwest, Palestine in the southeast to the Persian Gulf in the Southeast. 42. DE LA ROCHETTE, L. S. Hind, Hindustan or India. Published by William Faden London, 1788-1800. Full period color, 20¾ x 27". The map includes present-day Bangla Desh, Pakistan, and extends into Afghanistan. *** Those regions under British control are colored pink, while those still independent are colored orange, purle and green. 43. RENNELL, James. A Map of Bengal, Bahor, Oude, Allahabad with Part of Agra and Delhi Exhibiting the Course of the Ganges from Hurdwar to the Sea. Printed for William Faden, Jan'y 1st, 1787. Full period color, 27¾ x 41½". One of the most important and glorious maps in the atlas, William Faden's re-engraved version of James Rennell's Map of Bengal. Rennell, was Surveyor General of the East India Company's dominions in Bengal 1767-1767. He conducted the first comprehensive geographical surveys of much of India and has been called "the Father of Indian georgraphy." A note beneath the dedication states that this version of the map was engraved "from the Original Drawing on the same Scale in the possession of the Honble. East India Company." 44-45. FADEN, William. A Map of the Peninsula of India from the 19th Degree north Latitude to Cape Cormorin. London 1792-1800. Full period color. Two large folio sheets that together measure 31 x 38½" *** An important early map for India. A notation below the title states that the map is compiled chiefly from the surveys of Pringle, Kelley, Allan, &c. The British possessions and the independent states are identified by color. 46. FADEN, William. Africa. London, April 25, 1803. Full period color, 20 x 22" 47. DE LA ROCHETTE, L. S. Lower Egypt and the Adjacent Deserts with a part of Palestine; to which has been added the Nomenclature of the Roman Age MDCCCII. Published by William Faden, London, Jan. 1st 1802. Full period color, 21 x29". *** A beautifully conceived and executed map, with a wealth of information about Lower Egypt (the Nile Delta), the surrounding deserts and the Palestinian Coast. The map was inspired and made topical by Napoleon's recent Egyptian Campaign (1798-1799). 48. DE LA ROCHETTE, L. S. The Dutch Colony of the Cape of Good Hope MDCCXLV. Engraved by William Faden. Second edition, corrected and published Dec. 1, 1795. 49. FADEN, William. A Map of America or The New World wherein are introduced all of the Known Parts of the Western Hemisphere. From the Map of D'Anville, with the necessary alterations and the addition of the Discoveries made since the year 1761. London, April 22d. 1797. Full and outline period color, 20½ x 23" 50. ROBERTS, Henry. Chart of the N.W. Coast of America and the N.E. Coast of Asia, Explored in the Years 1778 and 1779. Prepared by Lieut't Henry Roberts, under the immediate Inspection of Capt. Cook. [Below neat line:] "Engraved by W. Palmer, Published by Wm. Faden, London, July 24, 1784." 15-1/2 x 26-1/2". The exceptionally rare first state of the lost Cook chart of the north Pacific. It was engraved for the authorized atlas for Cook's third voyage, but due to disputes between the editors, it was never included. Although a few examples of the chart were known, including one belonging to the great Americana collector, Thomas Streeter, its true importance was not recognized until 1985, when a proof copy was acquired by the British Library. The remarkable story behind the creation of Roberts' chart was revealed at that time by Tony Campbell in "A Cook Mystery Solved", The Map Collector, 32 (Sept. 1985), p. 37. Roberts served as a Lieutenant on the HMS Discovery and was the principal cartographer on the Third Voyage. "Cook's death at Hawaii in 1779 left to others the task of editing his charts and journals for publication. Disputes, especially those involving the content of the folding charts, divided the protagonists into two camps. Ranged on one side was Cook's long-standing rival Alexander Dalrymple, supported by Sir Joseph Banks; on the other Henry Roberts, masters mate on the Resolution and compiler of the chart in question, Captain James King, responsible for draughting the journal entries after Cook's death, and Canon John Douglas, the (anonymous) overall editor" (Campbell). At issue was not the accuracy of Roberts's chart, but the inclusion of information on the interior geography of North America derived from Samuel Hearne's manuscript chart of his expedition to the Coppermine River. Cartographic details of that important expedition had not yet been published, as the Hudson's Bay Company wished to suppress the information in order to protect its own interests (Hearne's journal and map would be published in 1795). One month following the publication of the official account of the third voyage, which did not include Roberts's chart, his map was given to William Faden who separately-published it. The first issue, likely published in very limited quantities considering its controversy, is the first published map to show the discoveries of Samuel Hearne in the Canadian Arctic. It was the inculsion of this information that led to the suppression of Roberts' chart, which the Hudson's Bay Company wished to keep secret. Heavily revised later states were issued in 1794 and 1808. 51. FADEN, William. The United States of North America …. According to the Treaty of Peace, of 1784. London, Feb. 1st, 1796. Full and outline period color, 20¾ x24". Faden's sequence of maps of the United States represents one of the most important depictions of the newly independent republic. The map was originally published in 1777 with the title The British Colonies in North America. It was heavily revised and republished in 1783 with the present title, before the final ratification of the Treaty of 1784. It was one of the earliest maps to show the new Republic. Eight states were published, in all. They meticulously document the evolution of the new nation. This state of 1796 is the seventh. It is one of the first maps of any kind to show the new State of Tennesse, established in the year of publication. 52. DE LA ROCHETTE, L. S. A General Chart of the West India Islands…. William Faden, London, September 22nd, 1796. Period outline color, 20½ x 29". 53. FADEN, William. A Chart of the Antilles or Caribee islands with the Virgin Isles. London, Marvh 1sr, 1784. Full period color, 18 x 20". 54 [numbered 53.] WILKINSON, Robert. South America with its Political Divisions. London, 4 June 1806. Full Period color, 20¼ x 24". 55 [numbered 54.] DE LA ROCHETTE, L. S. The Coast of Guiana…. Period outline color, 20 x 26½"

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