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Stock# 69016

"Republic of Texas" Edition.

A nice example of the 1842 edition of Lizars's Edinburgh Geographical General Atlas, with two maps labeling the "Republic of Texas" within the map image.

Almost all maps from the Republic of Texas period simply label the Republic "Texas" however, Lizars goes one step further in this atlas, choosing instead the full name of the polity. The maps showing the Republic of Texas are 63 ("United States & Texas. With all the Railways & Canals.") and 66 ("Mexico & Guatimala, with the Republic of Texas.")

The atlas is characteristic of Lizars' clean, considered engraving and coloring - qualities which had initially one him the business of producing John James Audubon's Birds of America (before he lost out to Havell's aquatinting capabilities.)

The atlas also includes wall maps of the continents in four sheets.

Lizars first started publishing the atlas in 1826 and continued to do so, with slightly varying titles, through 1842.


1. Western Hemisphere
2. Eastern Hemisphere
3, 4. World, on Mercator's Projection
5, 6, 7, 8. Europe, on Four Sheets
9. British Islands
10, 11. England, on Two Sheets
12, 13. Scotland, on Two Sheets
14, 15. Ireland, on Two Sheets
16. Scandinavia and Iceland
17. Denmark
18, 19. Russian Empire, on Two Sheets
20. Poland and Lithuania
21. Germany, Prussian Dominions, and Northern Independent States
22. Westphalia
23. Upper and Lower Rhine, partly Provinces of Prussia
24. Upper Saxony
25. Lower Saxony
26. Franconia
27. Swabia
28. Bavaria Proper
29. Germany, Austrian Dominions
30. Bohemia and Moravia, Provinces of Austria
31. Hungary, Transylvania, and Sclavonia, Provinces of Austria
32. (This number was, by mistake, left out in the numbering of the plates) *as indicated on the Consulting Index
33. The Netherlands, Dutch Provinces
34. The Netherlands, Belgic Provinces
35. France, in Provinces
36. France, in Departments
37. Spain and Portugal
38. Switzerland
39. Sardinia
40. Italy
41. Turkey, in Europe
42, 43, 44, 45. Asia, on Four Sheets
46. Turkey, in Asia
47. Arabia, Egypt, and Nubia
48. Persia
49. Hindostan
50. China
51. East India Islands
52. Australasia, Van Diemen's Land, &c.
53, 54, 55, 56. Africa, on Four Sheets
57. Egypt
58, 59, 60, 61. America, on Four Sheets
62. British Possessions in North America
63. United States
64. West India Islands
65. Chart of the Atlantic Ocean
66. Mexico and Guatemala
67. Columbia and Guyana
68. Lower Peru, Brazil, and Paraguay
69. Bolivia, or Upper Peru, Chili, and La Plata

Condition Description
Folio. Modern ½ red cloth over green globe, gilt-lettered on spine. 68 engraved maps in original hand-color (maps are numbered to 69, but as the index states, number 32 was accidentally omitted.) (Scattered tape repairs to the edges of the title and a few maps.)
See Rumsey 438 for the 1841 edition.
William Home Lizars Biography

The Lizars were a Scottish family of engravers and printers who produced many views and maps. Daniel Lizars Sr. (1754-1812) was the son of a shoemaker, but he apprenticed with Andrew Bell, a printer and engraver. Lizars set up his own printworks near St. Giles Cathedral and took on his own apprentices, including George Bartholomew, whose son John would go on to found the important mapmaking firm later know as John Bartholomew & Son Ltd.  

Daniel Sr. had three sons: Daniel Jr., John, and William Home. He also had a daughter, Jane Home. Daniel Jr. (1793-1875), the youngest of the boys, apprenticed in his father’s shop alongside George Bartholomew. When his father died in 1812, Daniel Jr. took over much of the business, expanding it and specializing in maps. The company went bankrupt in 1832, however, and Daniel emigrated to Canada.

John Lizars (1792-1860), the middle son, studied medicine and became Professor of Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, as well as senior surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

William Home Lizars (1788-1859), the eldest, also apprenticed in his father’s shop. After learning engraving, William entered the Trustees’ Academy to learn under John Graham. He was a skilled painter and artist. When his father died, and after his Daniel Jr. left, he carried on printing and invented a method of etching that looks like wood engraving.