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Beautiful world atlas by Aaron Arrowsmith, in a spectacular diced red morocco binding, with provenance of a major Argentine diplomat, Don Manuel Jose Garcia.

The atlas was first published in 1817.

David Rumsey (5960) says of the atlas:

Although the maps are not large, they are dense with information. This complete atlas features index and 53 copperplate maps, drawn by Arrowsmith and engraved by Sidney Hall, with a few engraved by Thomson in collaboration with Hall. The maps include two world, 29 related to Europe and Scandinavia, 16 on Asia, Africa, and Oceania, and six related to the Americas. The United States map shows Georgia extending from the coast to the Mississippi River. The area west of the Mississippi is blank and labeled Louisiana. Engraved title page has Atlas holding the globe above two putti, one sailing a dingy, the other engaged in cartographic studies with a globe, map and dividers.

Condition Description
Small folio. Exceptional diced red morocco, gilt extra, spine in gilt lattice-and-flower pattern, with title tooled in gilt "Arrovsmith's ATLAS". Front cover with the owner's name "Don Manuel Jose Garcia" tooled in gilt with a gilt oval chain device surrounding; covers with double gilt border.
Aaron Arrowsmith Biography

Aaron Arrowsmith (1750-1823) was born in Durham in 1750. He came to London for work around 1770, where he found employment as a surveyor for the city’s mapmakers. By 1790, he had set up his own shop which specialized in general charts. Arrowsmith’s three shops were located on or near Soho Square, a neighborhood the led him to rub shoulders with the likes of Joseph Banks, the naturalist, and Matthew Flinders, the hydrographer. Through his business ties and employment at the HO, Arrowsmith made other important relationships with Alexander Dalrymple, the HBC, and other companies. In 1810 he became Hydrographer to the Prince of Wales and, in 1820, Hydrographer to the King. He died in 1823, whereby the business passed to his sons, Aaron and Samuel, and, later, his nephew, John.