Atlas des Enfans, ou Methode Nouvelle, courte, facile et demonstrative, pour apprendre la Geographie: En XXII cartes enluminées avec un Nouveau Traité de la Sphere, Où l'on explique le Mouvement des Astres, & les Systêmes du Monde anciens & modernes, l'usage des Globes & des Mesures Géographiques, Avec figures.
Amsterdam: J.H. Schneider, 1760. Two parts in one, 12mo., [iv], iv, [ii], 205, ; 51, [1, bl.]pp., title page printed in red and black, a title page engraved vignette, and 24 folding engraved maps and plates, all but one hand-colored (as required). Contemporary cats paw calf, red edges. Front hinge repaired with tape, lacking front free endpaper, some slight offsetting and browning within, a few slight tears and paper flaws, binding neatly restored along joints and at ends; very good copy. First edition of this truly rare childrens 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. OCLC 54151363 cites copies at Yale, Detroit and Amsterdam and there appear to be a further eight copies, none in the US.
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