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Prints from Thomas Bankes' A Modern, Authentic and Complete System of Universal Geography. London: C. Cooke, ca. 1790. Approximately 4 1/2 x 6 1/2. Engravings.

Wonderful engravings from the Rev. Thomas Bankes' Geography, issued near the end of the eighteenth century. Bankes was the Vicar at Dixton, Monmouthshire, and he compiled his geography of all parts of the world, including "a Genuine History and Description of the Whole World." Also included in this work were images and reports from James Cook's three voyages, so that Bankes' volume provided as complete and up-to-date a report on the known world as was available at the time.



[Village in Hawaii] From Nachrichten aus der Heidenwelt. [News from the Heathen World.] German: ca. 1825. 3 3/4 x 6 3/4. Engraving. $45



"Honolulu." From Meyer’s Universum Or Views Of The Most Remarkable Places And Objects Of All Countries. New York: Herrmann J. Meyer, 1852-3. Octavo. Engraving. Discolored at right (mostly in margin).

From 1833 to 1864, the Bibliographischen Institut of Hildburghausen, Germany, issued a journal, entitled Meyer’s Universum, containing text and steel engravings of all parts of the world. The business was founded by Joseph Meyer, and when he died in 1856 at sixty-one, his son Herrmann took over. Herrmann had been sent to the U.S. from 1849 to his father’s death, where he issued an American edition of Meyer’s Universum Or Views Of The Most Remarkable Places And Objects Of All Countries, published by his North American Bibliographic Institution (New York: H.J. Meyer; first volume, 1852; second volume 1853.). This was a similar publication which used prints from Germany as well as some new images which Meyer had produced for this American publication. Besides the Universum, Meyer also published Charles A. Dana’s The United States Illustrated. (New York: H.J. Meyer, 1853.) $125




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