Géographie universelle. Atlas-Migeon . . . historique, scientifique, industriel et commercial
Price: 750.00 USD
Paris: J. Migeon, 1882. With 43 hand-colored double-page maps, each separately attached by paper guards. Original brown pebbled cloth with gilt embossed titling and decorations on spine and covers; an absolutely excellent copy without any tears or browning. Later edition, first published in 1854 and reissued through 1891. One of the most decorative atlases of the late nineteenth century, the majority of the maps feature one or more superb vignettes showcasing key cities or monuments from the region. Included are six historical maps, a celestial chart, and two world maps in addition to maps of countries on each continent. Each map is accompanied by two pages of text with geographical, political and historical information about the region. The map of the United States shows an extensive system of roads, several territories, and a lovely vignette of the US Capitol in Washington, DC. The decorative title page features a vignette of Cybele, the goddess of towns, pointing to a location on a globe, surrounded by instruments representing the arts, sciences, agriculture, and war. Behind her are inventions both old and new: the Sphinx and great pyramids of Giza and a ship, as well as a steam locomotive and a hot air balloon. J. Migeon (fl. c. 1855 - 1899) was a late 19th century map publisher based in Paris. Later edition.