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Panorama from Point Sublime (Parts I­III), in Atlas to Accompany the Monograph on the Tertiary History of the Grand Cañon District. William Henry Holmes; Clarence Dutton
This superb panorama of the Grand Canyon was drawn on location by W.H. Holmes, who included himself sketching the view. The atlas it appeared in was one of the finest productions of the U.S. Geological Survey.
Map of Los Angeles, Historical and Recreational. Jo Mora. San Diego: 1942
Mora's map of Los Angeles is one of his most "painterly" maps, with strong colors and shapes spread throughout. The map shows early Los Angeles, through establishment of the first movie studios and road network. As is typical with Mora’s work, humor and whimsy abound.
Title page, in Atlas novus sive tabulae geographicae totius orbis faciem... (New Atlas of Geography) Matthaeus Seutter. Augsburg: 1730
This title page introducing Seutter’s Atlas novus, a German world atlas known for its strong coloring, decorative map titles, and fine engraving, is one of the most elaborate 18th-­century atlas title pages.
Revolution annuelle de la terre autour du soleil, in Atlas classique et universel de geographie ancienne et moderne... J. Andriveau-­Goujon; H. Nicollet; E. Soulier. Paris: 1850
This chart illustrates the movement of the earth around the sun during each month of the year. Two additional diagrams appear on either side of the title: the one on the left explains Kepler's theory of elliptical orbits; the one on the right shows the movement of the sun during the day. These phenomena are further explained in the French text.
Panorama of the Seat of War. Birds Eye View (from) Virginia (to) Florida. John Bachmann. New York: 1861
This continuous panorama of the east coast of the Confederacy comprises three sheets joined to show Virginia, North and South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia. These are some of the earliest examples of wide scale views that almost show the curvature of the earth. They were used to follow the progress of U.S. Civil War battles.