New and Elegant Imperial Sheet Atlas

New and Elegant Imperial Sheet Atlas
New and Elegant Imperial Sheet Atlas
Robert Laurie and James Whittle

New and Elegant Imperial Sheet Atlas

(London, 1800)

Baskes oversize G 1015 .N48 1800

Gift of Roger S. Baskes

The “imperial” in the title refers not to that part of the world on which the sun never sets, but to the majestic size of the paper on which the maps are printed. “Imperial” was a British paper size larger than “Elephant” but not so large as “Double demy;” in fact, a sheet about 22 x 30 inches. The ample canvas, together with fine engraving, made possible very detailed maps, of the British Empire and the rest of the world. This copy has been beautifully colored by hand.

Acquisition Date: 
2012