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Stock# 90477

The Conclusion of Golden Age Cartography.

In Elwe's 1792 atlas, many maps issued by De L'Isle, Ottens, Jaillot, and other 17th-century makers are here given new life. Here Elwe continues the 17th-century Franco-Dutch mapmaking tradition long after it had been surpassed by 18th-century (English) mapmakers. The atlas is an intriguing bookend on a cartographic tradition that shaped much of the modern world.

Among the atlas's complement of maps are the following: Allegorical title by J. van Monnikhuyse after L. Webbers, Louis Renard's "Planisphere" representing the Titan Atlas with a north polar azimuthal projection on his shoulders; celestial map; double-hemisphere world map; 5 maps of the continents (America in 2); regional maps of Europe (15); Russia (2); Middle East and Holy Land (4); East and Southeast Asia (4-sheet wall map, unjoined); Africa (3); and America (1).

Condition Description
Folio. Contemporary ½ calf over marbled paper boards. Original hand-color. Engraved title, 22 pages of letterpress text, and 39 engraved double-page maps. (Staining to the general map of Africa. Second blank somewhat creased.)
Koeman El 2; Phillips 674; Shirley T.ELW-2a.