London: Morden and Cockerill, 1688.
Lovely miniature world atlas with rubricated title page. Includes 76 maps plus 2 bonus maps not listed in the index: Armenia and a hand colored Bermuda map. The first 17 maps plus Jamaica, Chili, and Japan with early crude but pleasing color with some bleed through to verso. The maldives map and Asia map are printed upside down although surrounding text on these pages is printed correctly. Small 4to, full contemporary leather with hand tooled design, first fly leaf added, corners worn and strengthened, covers re-enforced with new hinges.
The maps in Robert Morden's atlas "Geography Rectified" are some of the first miniature maps engraved and published in England. Produced in 1688, the atlas is noted and valued for its maps of the British colonies, which Morden produced to fulfill the growing demand for colonial information that accompanied the settlements' increasing prosperity. Today, these colonial maps are some of the earliest such maps obtainable. Morden's detailed work shows his debt not only to British cartographic precedent, but also to French maps of this period, which pursued a comparable interest in the burgeoning New World. Robert Morden (c.1650-1703) was a geographer, publisher, bookseller, and globe maker who collaborated with many other publishers in particular Thomas Cockerill to produce high quality atlases (Burden 519-524).
Condition: Very Good(+)