Quarto (290 x 240 mm.), contemporary quarter calf, marbled paper boards, spine with raised bands, ornate gilt compartments, red calf gilt title, worn. With engraved title page, 8 pages of introduction and 53 maps in early outline colour numbered to 52, all present according to the Table des Cartes, engraved throughout, endpapers week, with some light foxing, otherwise in good condition.
Charles Francois Delamarche (1740-1817) was a Parisian geographer, publisher and globe maker. He bought the stock of Didier Robert de Vaugondy from Jean Fortin and reissued the quarto atlas offered here. First issued by Vaugondy in 1762 Pedley identifies the various editions. Delamarche’s first edition was this 1784 one. The maps are numbered to 52 with 1 bis plate. Provenance: manuscript inscription on front free endpaper of ‘Augustine Abajou’ dated 1786. Pedley, Mary Sponburg. (1992). Bel et Utile: The Work of the Robert de Vaugondy Family of Mapmakers. p. 231.