Octavo (165 x 100 mm.), full contemporary calf, gilt panelled, rebacked with blind ruled ribbed spine, gilt date and blue calf gilt title, light wear repaired, recent endpapers. With typographic title-page, pp. vi, 271, 23, with 42 copperplate maps on 33 leaves, Sweden small split on fold, otherwise in good condition.
John Cowley’s rare work was ‘Written originally in High Dutch by the late celebrated Mr. Hubner, and now faithfully translated, with Additions and Improvements’ as cited on the title. Johann Huebner (1668-1731) was an historian and geographer from Hamburg, Germany. He worked closely with Johann Baptist Homann and produced the ‘Kleiner Altas Scholasticus’, c.1715, for him. Cowley (fl.1733-44) was a political writer and geographer who became Geographer to the King in 1741. This translation was first published in 1738 and was issued seven times, this being the third edition. Beyond some minor additions of plate numbers etc. in the fourth edition, the maps remained the same throughout. The work is written with a series of questions and answers.
The maps are engraved by John Cowley and Emanual Bowen. An interesting dictionary is found at the end of the work which provides the modern name equivalent to ancient place-names. The work is surprisingly rare. Provenance: Reiner Schmidt January 1998; private English collection. McCorkle (2009) 198; Shirley (2004) T,Cowl 2a; Tooley’s Dictionary (1999-2004); Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).