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Description:This original antique Atlas The modern gazetteer: or, a short view of the several nations of the world, an early encyclopedia and atlas, with information on all parts of the known world at the time, was published by Thomas Salmon in 1759.The Atlas is complete as called for and contains 7 maps by the famous English cartographer Thomas Kitchin:1. World map - (12in x 7in 310mm x 180mm)2. Africa - (8in x 7in 215mm x 180mm)3. North America - (8in x 7in 215mm x 180mm)4. South America - (8in x 7in 215mm x 180mm)5. Asia - (8in x 7in 215mm x 180mm)6. Europe - (8in x 7in 215mm x 180mm)7. Germany - (8in x 7in 215mm x 180mm)Atlas is in fine condition with beautiful and leather spine and boards. Light aging internally, folds as issued to maps.
General Definitions:Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stablePaper color : - off whiteAge of map color: -Colors used: -General color appearance: -Paper size: - 16mo (7in x 5in)Plate size: - 16mo (7in x 5in)Margins: - Min 1/2in (12mm)
Imperfections:Margins: - NonePlate area: - NoneVerso: - None
Background:Thomas Kitchin 1718 - 84 was a London based engraver, cartographer, and publisher. He was born in London to a hat-dyer of the same name. At 14, Kitchin apprenticed under Emanuel Bowen, under whom he mastered the art of engraving. He married Bowen daughter, Sarah Bowen, and later inherited much of his preceptor\\\'s prosperous business. Their son, Thomas Bowen Kitchin, also an engraver joined the family business, which thereafter published in Thomas Kitchin and Son. From 1858 or so Kitchin was the engraver to the Duke of York, and from about 1773 acquired the title, \\\'Royal Hydrographer to King George III.\\\' He is responsible for numerous maps published in the The Star, Gentleman\\\'s Magazine, and London Magazine, as well as partnering with, at various times, with Thomas Jefferys, Emmanuel Bowen, Thomas Hinton, Issac Tayor, Andrew Dury, John Rocque, Louis de la Rochette, and Alexander Hogg, among others. Kitchin passed his business on to his son, Thomas Bowen Kitchin, who continued to republish many of his maps well after his death. Kitchin\\\'s apprentices included George Rollos, Bryant Lodge, Thomas Bowen Kitchin, Samuel Turner Sparrow, John Page, and Francis Vivares.Atlases by Thomas Kitchin include:Maps for the London Magazine 1747- 60.Small English Atlas (Jefferys) 1749 -1787.Large English Atlas (Bowen) 1755-1787.The Royal English Atlas 1762-1828.England Illustrated 1764.A General Atlas (Sayer and Bennett, Laurie and Whittle) 1768 - 1810 .Kitchin\\\'s Pocket Atlas 1769.Kitchin\\\'s English Atlas 1770.Antiquities of England and Wales (Henry Boswell) 1786.A New Universal Atlas (Laurie and Whittle) 1789 - 1799
Salmon, Thomas 1679 - 1767Salmon was an English historical and geographical writer.Born at Meppershall in Bedfordshire, and baptised there on 2 February 1679, was son of Thomas Salmon, by his wife Katherine, daughter of John Bradshaw; Nathanael Salmon was his elder brother. William Cole wrote that he wrote much of his work in Cambridge, where he ran a coffee house, and then moved to London. He told Cole that he had spent time at sea, and in both the East and West Indies for some time. He also travelled in Europe.In 1739 - 40 Salmon accompanied George Anson on his voyage round the world. He died on 20 January 1767.