Sale 17BP01 | Lot 223

[EULER, LEONHARD] Geographischer Atlas bestehend in 44 Land-Charten ... Atlas Geographicus omnes orbis terrarum regiones ... Atlas Geographique representant en XLIV cartes ...

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Lot 223
[EULER, LEONHARD] Geographischer Atlas bestehend in 44 Land-Charten ... Atlas Geographicus omnes orbis terrarum regiones ... At...
Berlin: Michaelis, 1760. Second edition. Contemporary paneled sheep. Title and text in German, Latin and French. 14 x 9 inches (36 x 23.5 cm); 12 pp. text, 44 double-page hand-colored engraved maps, as called for on page 12 each map with the discreet stamp of the Berlin "Akademie der Wissenschaften" typically in blank areas or along borders. Very small armorial stamp to verso of title, the maps numbered on verso in ink in an early hand, toning and spotting to endleaves and title extremities and intermittently throughout, the second map with browning and a short tear into the upper margin, but generally this a very clean copy internally. The binding with some very small old repairs but unrestored and worn with losses at spine tips, splits to joints, gouges, rubbed areas and small losses to calf.
Leonhard Euler was an important Swiss 18th century polymath who made great contributions to mathematics, physics, and astronomy. This school atlas contains a four sheet map of North America, the first part containing a rare map naming Texas as "Tecas" and adjacent to a large area labeled "Great Space/Land Unknown." There are several world maps present and a hemispheric map provides an early example of isogenic lines. In this second edition, German text was added to the Latin and French text of the 1753 first edition, both of which seem quite rare with Rare Book Hub only reporting one copy of this edition sold since 1969. School atlases are rarely enountered in such original and unsophisticated condition.

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

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Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

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