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CUTLER, Nathaniel and Edmond HALLEY (1656-1742). Atlas maritimus et commercialis; or, A General View of the World. London: 1728.
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CUTLER, Nathaniel and Edmond HALLEY (1656-1742). Atlas maritimus et commercialis; or, A General View of the World. London: 1728.

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CUTLER, Nathaniel and Edmond HALLEY (1656-1742). Atlas maritimus et commercialis; or, A General View of the World. London: 1728.

2 parts in one volume, 2° (541 x 358mm). Title printed in red and black, woodcut initials, head and tail-pieces, 54 double-page engraved maps, 5 of which folding, including maps 6 and 7 which are joined together, 5 engraved diagrams tipped in. (Variable browning throughout, heavier to text, small hole at creasefold of first map but with only very minor loss, very minor tear at creasefold of celestial map no. 53 without loss.) Contemporary calf (very rubbed and worn). Provenance: Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster (1767-1845; engraved armorial bookplate pasted over earlier bookplate).

COMPLETE FIRST EDITION OF A NEW SEA ATLAS 'BASED ON A NEW GLOBULAR PROJECTION IMPROVING ON THAT OF MERCATOR' (Shirley). The projections were developed by Edmond Halley who is the named author of the prefatory note on their use. 'The author of the historical and commercial text is unknown, although Daniel Defoe certainly contributed to part of it' (Shirley). This atlas provides an important English overview of world trade, just as British trading power around the world began to develop; Nathaniel Cutler wrote the coasting pilot for mariners which constitutes the second part. Shirley BL M.HALL-1a.
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