Europe A and C Black 1853

Catalog Number 45239
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A & C Black

Short Title:


Full Title:

"Europe. VI. Edinburgh, Published by A. &. C. Black. Engraved by S. Hall Strt. Bloomsby."  


"Black’s General Atlas: Comprehending Seventy Maps. Engraved on Steel, In the First Style of Art. By Sidney Hall, William Hughes, F.R.G.S., & c. New Edition. Embracing all...and a Complete Index of 65,000 Names. Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, North Bridge. 1853." A & C Black, a leading British publisher of 19th Century atlases and travel books, was established in 1807, purchased "The Encyclopedia Britannica" in 1827, and Sir Walter Scott’s copyrights in 1851; began printing the "Who’s Who" in 1896, P.G. Wodehouse’s first book in 1902, Black’s Medical Dictionary in 1906 and "Whitaker’s Almanac in 2002. Black is now a part of Bloomsbury Publishing. Black’s series of Atlases ran from 1840 until 1900. The Atlas’ cartography was a product of Black’s neighbor in North Bridge, John Bartholomew, Sr. (1805-1861), whose Premier British cartographic firm also did work for Black’s "Encyclopedia Britannica." Black published most of Bartholomew’s atlases until 1860, at which time the firm set up their own presses. Bartholomew’s business remained in the family until 1985, having been sold to Reader’s Digest, then News International.    

Size of Map:

25 x 35 cm. approximately (10 x 13.75 in.)   


Presents Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, Iceland and The British Isles with hand coloring for each country. Major bodies of water include North Atlantic Ocean, North Sea, Baltic Sea, Arctic Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, Caspian Sea and Aral Sea. Small square cartouche in upper left corner only contains map’s title. Scale in English Miles below cartouche. Longitude is measured East from Greenwich. Please note the historical status of Italy, Germany, Austria and The British Isles. Minor foxing. 


Tooley’s Dictionary of Mapmakers Revised Edition Vol. (A - D), pp.91-92 and p.142; A & C;; Phillips, Vol. 4, 4332, (6).

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