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THE AMERICAN ATLAS - Reid, John [publisher] - 1796. 
New York: Published by John Reid, 1796. Mounted on guards throughout, letterpress title within decorative border of typographic ornaments, twenty-one engraved maps and plans on 20 leaves (two folding, seventeen double-page, and two single-page maps printed on one double-page sheet). Folio. [with:] Winterbotham, William: AN HISTORICAL, GEOGRAPHICAL, COMMERCIAL, AND PHILOSOPHICAL VIEW OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND OF THE EUROPEAN SETTLEMENTS IN AMERICA AND THE WEST INDIES. New York: Printed by Tiebout and O'Brien, for John Reid, [1795-]1796. Four volumes. 7pp. list of subscribers at the rear of Vol. IV. Twenty-five engraved plates (of twenty-six, comprising four engraved frontispiece portraits, and twenty-one engraved plates), extra-illustrated with provisional titles to first and second volumes bound at the rear of the respective volumes. "Plan of Washington" mentioned in the plate list as being required opposite p.67 here bound in the atlas. Atlas: Bound to style in half speckled calf over contemporary marbled paper covered boards, original paper label affixed to the upper cover, flat spine in seven compartments divided by gilt double fillets, red morocco label in the second compartment. Text: Contemporary tree sheep, neatly rebacked to style uniform to the atlas, original red morocco labels. Fine. A very fine copy of this rare and important atlas, here including the folding plan of Washington not found in most copies, and with the first American edition of the associated text by William Winterbotham. The atlas is among the earliest to be published in America and is the first to contain a plan of Washington, D.C. The Reid atlas is one of the rarest and most interesting American atlases, preceded only by the 1795 Carey and the Clark atlases as the earliest United States atlases. It includes detailed engraved maps of North and South America, and the United States; and individual maps of New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and the West Indies. The continent maps, the general map of the United States, and those of Kentucky and Washington are after maps appearing in London editions of Winterbotham; the remaining maps are original to this work. Although not found in all copies, the atlas is noted for containing an exceptional plan of Washington, D.C. which follows the famed Ellicott plan of 1792; the present copy includes this plan, here in its first state, dated 1795, with the publishers listed on the plate as Reid, L. Wayland, and C. Smith. The text by Winterbotham is the first American edition of what is a key early history of the United States. Winterbotham was prosecuted for sedition for two sermons he preached in 1792. He was found guilty and sentenced to two years' imprisonment and wrote the present work while serving time in Newgate Prison. It treats the discovery and early settlement of America, the American Revolution, each of the states of the Northeast and South, the Northwest Territory, Canada, and settlements in South America and the West Indies. Most of the handsome plates illustrate birds, quadrupeds, and reptiles found in the West Indies. The color plate represents the tobacco plant (third volume, opposite page 427) and is the first color plate regularly published in an American book, here present in a very good impression. Reid's atlas and Winterbotham's text, intended as a set, are now rarely found together. EVANS 31078, 31647. HOWES R170, W581, "b." NAIP W012698. PHILLIPS ATLASES 1216, 1366. PHILLIPS MAPS, pp.595, 1005. RUMSEY 845. SABIN 69016. SCHWARTZ & EHRENBERG, p.215. STREETER SALE 77. "A Checklist of Printed Plans of Washington, DC 1792- 1801" 13.1, in MAPFORUM issue 1.
[Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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