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Small and Miniature Atlases

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Western Hemisphere. Eastern Hemisphere, in Geography and Astronomy Familiarized, for Youth of Both Sexes. John Wallis. London: 1800
This charming miniature book with a world map facing the title page was issued by the same John Wallis who did the famous Map of the United States, 1783 — one of the first maps of the U.S. and the first to feature the U.S. flag.
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Planisphaerium globi terrestris, in Atlas geographicus portatilis, xxix, mappis orbis habitabilis regna exhibens. Tobias Conrad Lotter. Augsburg: 1762
Consisting entirely of double­-page engraved plates and hand­colored maps, this miniature pocket atlas was also published in an edition with text, not present here. The book’s engraved frontispiece and title page by Tobias Lobeck after G. Eichler are followed by maps that are dense with information.
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Title page and vignette, in Atlas Minimus or a New Set of Pocket Maps of the Several Empires, Kingdoms and States of the Known World, with Historical Extracts Relative to Each. Emanuel Bowen; John Gibson. London: 1758
This small atlas, with a vignette showing three children studying the globe, was very popular and went through many editions in England and the United States over the next 40 years.
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I (Le Monde), in Atlas des enfans, ou nouvelle méthode pour apprendre la geographie, avec un nouveau traité de la sphere, et XXIV cartes enluminées. Jean­-Marie Bruyset; J. H. Schneider. Lyon: 1784
The maps in this early French teaching atlas use numbers and letters in place of names for the purpose of questioning students.
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Canada, in A New General and Universal Atlas Containing Forty five Maps. Andrew Dury. London: 1763
Small pocket atlas, showing the results of the Treaty of 1763. The double-­page map of Canada includes New England and the Great Lakes.
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Typus Orbis Terrarum, in Atlas minor Gerardi Mercatoris, a I. Hondio plurimis aeneis tabulis auctus et illustratus. Gerard Mercator; Iodocus Hondius. Amsterdam: 1607
Gerardus Mercator can confidently be called the greatest cartographer of the sixteenth century. Shortly after publication of his large folio atlases, the need was felt for a smaller sized atlas, one that would be handier and above all, cheaper, so that a larger public might have access to the use of maps. To fulfill this need, the Atlas minor was published in 1607.
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(Systemes), in Petit atlas moderne, ou collection de cartes elementaires dedié a la jeunesse. Charles Francois Delamarche; Jean Lattre. Paris: 1800
First published in 1763, this small school atlas remained popular for teaching geography for many years. This plate shows the various geographical systems of Copernicus, Ptolemy, and Tycho Brahe, as well as an armillary sphere, a type of three­-dimensional celestial globe that can be used to calculate various astronomical phenomena.
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Africa, in Skol­-atlas ofver jordens alla delar. J. L. Brudin; Adolf Stieler. Stockholm: 1852
This is the Swedish edition of a popular 19th-­century pocket and school atlas by Adolf Stieler. The title page and preface are in Swedish; the maps are in German.
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United States, in Thomas's Library Atlas, Embodying a Complete Set of Maps, Illustrative of Modern & Ancient Geography ... Rest Fenner; Joseph Thomas
This is a reissue of the 1830 world atlas by Rest Fenner. For a small atlas it is very well done, including both ancient maps and modern maps showing the latest geographical discoveries.