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Rare 1760 teaching atlas for children  

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Atlas Des Enfans, Ou Methode Nouvelle, Courte, Facile Et Demonstrative, Pour Apprendre La Geographie.

[Schneider, J.H.].


J.H. Schneider



[iv], vi, 205,  [15]; 51, [1] pp. Title page printed in red and black. 24 folding engraved maps and plates, all but for one hand-colored. (16mo) 15.5x9.5 cm (6x3¾") period full mottled calf, spine gilt, red morocco label, all edges red. First Edition.

First edition of this truly rare children’s introduction to geography and astronomy, many times reprinted and pirated. The maps are “blind” maps, with the outlines of continents, countries etc. only so children learn to find them by reading the text. Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America are covered, but not Australia or the Poles. The second part introduces children to globes and their usage, and principles of cosmography and astronomy. The world map is by Christian Sepp and had first appeared in a 1758 atlas, the plates for which must have been sold to Schneider for this book.

Lot Amendments

Joints and corners repaired, lacking front free endpaper, hinge repaired with paper tape; some foxing; very good.

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