Tuesday 28 October 2014

A New General and Universal Atlas, Maps by Andrew Dury, London, 1761: Complete

I know: you wait months for a post about old maps, and then two come along at once.

This beautiful little (roughly 4.5 x 6 inches) 1761 atlas arrived in the shop last week, and if you'll forgive me, I want to post all its maps online, just so they are recorded complete, somewhere. (Apologies that some of the photos are sharper than others.)

The binding needs rebacking (both boards are detached), but as you'll see, the maps themselves are in very good shape, considering they're over 250 years old... They are all hand-coloured in outline, which must have been a *very* delicate job.

Copies of this atlas are not common. I can currently find only 2 online, one with some damage at £750, and another for over two grand... Individual maps taken from a copy are also around, for upwards of $100 each. I won't be breaking this copy up though...

First off is a close-up of the local area (interesting to see 'KirkOswald' and Ainstable get equal billing with Penrith), followed by the whole book, in order.

[UPDATE: The atlas has now sold. I didn't think it would last long, and indeed it didn't!]

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