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PHILIPS' NEW IMPERIAL ATLAS: WITH A DESCRIPTIVE - George Philip & Son - 1948. 
London: George Philip & Son, Limited, 1948. A large folio binding, in bound in black half morocco over maroon cloth boards stamped with ornate gold titling; raised bands with gold titling to the spine. With 64 numbered leaves (in actually 81 leaves) of maps, mostly double-pages, with some folding. The Atlas, presenting an accurate survey of the world, and its "imposing size ... makes possible the employment throughout of large scales, [so that] the maps present a considerable amount of topographical detail". Special prominence has been given to the United Kingdom and the scattered territories in the overseas Dominions, and to the countries of Europe "the scene of never-ending political changes". The main features are grouped thusly: 1. Political maps drawn on a large scale; 2. Physical maps of the World, British Isles, the Alps, and a four-sheet map of Central Europe; 3. Maritime maps, physically colored; 4. Polar maps on large scales showing Arctic and Antarctic regions; and 5. A Gazatteer-Index with over 100,000 place names. The maps are "finely engraved on copper plates" and are beautifully colored. The front board has been discreetly reinforced, and binding is quite bright and sturdy. A splendid production, and not common in this edition, with only four holdings located on OCLC, There is a short closed tear to the Preface leaf, and a small repaired snag to the cloth at the front board.
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