Handy Royal Atlas of Modern Geography, exhibiting the Present Condition of Geographical Discovery and Research in the Several Countries, Empires, and States of the World
Edinburgh, William Blackwood and Sons, 1873 ('A New Edition')/ 1868.
Folio (380 × 270 mm), [viii] pages plus 45 double-page engraved maps (44 hand-coloured, one printed in colours, and one hand-coloured and printed in colours; one folding) and the index (100 pages).
Original half red morocco and cloth, stamped and lettered in gilt, all edges gilt; covers rubbed at the extremities and a little marked; scattered light foxing; six maps have clean splits to the bottom of the centrefold (occasionally extending slightly into the printed area); trifling signs of use and age (including a little offsetting from the light green hand-colouring on some maps); overall, in excellent condition.
'In the present edition very considerable rectifications consequent upon recent political changes have been made in many of the maps of the Atlas, and the whole has been thoroughly revised. In Europe, the formation of the New German Empire has involved a change in the relative boundaries of France and Germany; the unification of Italy, with Rome as the capital, has required important alterations to the territorial divisions of that country ... The importance and interest attaching to Arctic discovery, have rendered a map of that region almost indispensable to the completeness of the Atlas: a "North Polar Chart" has accordingly been added to this edition' ('Note to the Second Edition', dated January 1873).