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October 26, 2007

Atlas for Children with Engraved, Hand-colored “Blind” Maps

7. [ATLAS]. VÁZQUEZ, Francisco (translator). Atlas elementar. Metodo nuevo, breve, facil y demostrativo para aprender la geografía por sí mismo, ó enseñarla aun á los niños. Con XXII. Mapas iluminados. Un tratado adjunto de la esfera, y las láminas correspondientes, en que se explican claramente los movimientos de los astros, los systémas antiguos y modernos del universo, el use de los globos y las medidas geográficas. Traducido, con las variaciones y adiciones mas precisas, para la clara expresion de las idéas, por el P. D. Francisco Vazquez, C. R. Madrid: En la Oficina de Pantaleon Aznar, Carrera de San Gerónymo, 1786. [10], 222 pp. + [2], 44, [2] pp., 24 unattributed folded copper-engraved maps with original outline and shading in green and pink, plate size of maps approximately 11.5 x 15 cm, with slight variations). 2 vols. in one, 8vo (20.3 x 14.7 cm), later half blue mottled sheep over blue cloth, dark blue gilt-lettered sheep spine label with initials F.L. y L. in gilt at foot of spine. Spine faded to tan, extremities lightly rubbed, front hinge starting, small pieces of tape residue on pastedowns, title page and first few leaves lightly browned, overall very good (the maps very fine except first map is split into two pieces, but no losses). Title with contemporary ink signature of Father Buenaventura Carreño. The preface of this Madrid edition states that the maps were copied after Delisle.

            First Spanish edition. Palau 19382 & 353677 (noting Madrid editions in 1795 and 1828, and Mexican editions in 1806 and 1819). The atlas originally was issued in French as Atlas des enfans, ou, méthode nouvelle, courte, facile et demonstrative, pour apprendre la geógraphie (Amsterdam: J. H. Schneider, 1760), with maps attributed to Christiaan Sepp. The work was quickly seized upon because of its novel pedagogical method and reprinted numerous times, often in slightly expanded versions with new chapters added. The maps in the present edition are the same type as appeared in all editions in that they are so-called “blind” maps that lack all identifying marks except for roman numerals and other marks keyed to passages of text. Precisely which edition was used as the basis for this translation is undetermined. The final chapter concerns the Americas and is notable for its information lag. Despite the relatively late publication date, for example, the U.S. is identified as “Virginia” rather than Estados Unidos and is said to contain Acadia/Nova Scotia. ($500-1,000)

Sold. Hammer: $500.00; Price Realized: $587.50

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