Boston: William D. Ticknor, 1835. First edition. The first edition of "one of the first American general atlases to supplement the maps with lengthy geographical descriptions" (Ristow). Although the rest of the world is mapped and described, Bradford concentrates largely on the Americas and includes a general map of North America, a general map of the United States, with 24 detailed maps and plans of most of the eastern states going as far west as Louisian in the 'North America' section, and a further 5 in the 'South America' section. Unlike many atlases of the period, the present work includes extensive text. Each engraving is accompanied by explanatory articles on the history, economics and geography of the area, as well as a great deal of contemporary statistical information.
Folio. (19 3/8 x 16 inches). Engraved title with decorative surround, hand colored engraved frontispiece, 8 engraved comparative charts (3 hand colored), 2 uncolored plates, 66 hand colored engraved maps and composite town-plans (63 maps, 3 composite plates of multiple town-plans).
Nicely respined and cornered retaining original leather gilt label, original marbled boards & endpapers. Some offsetting from the maps onto the text pages and a number has been hand written in pencil at the top corner of each page up to 180. Maps are in very good clean condition with the period outline color.
Cf. Martin & Martin 31; Phillips Atlases 770; Ristow 271; Rumsey 3467; 2643; Sabin 7260. Item #18230