"World shown from the independence of the United States of America, A.D. 1783 to the greatest extension of the French Empire, A.D. 1811. Twentieth period. 1st edition. The unique maps show progressively receding cloud borders to indicate the expansion of geographical knowledge over time. This atlas may have influenced Emma Willard's ""Atlas to Accompany a System of Universal History"" - 1835. Willard's Atlas uses the ""cloud"" maps in a very similar way. See our copy of Willard. Full color. Atlas is bound in half red leather marbled paper covered boards with a label printed with ""An Historical Atlas, Containing Maps of the World At Twenty-One Different Periods. With a General View of Universal History, By Edward Quin, M.A. Price L3 (pounds): 10s. Half-Bound."" The spine has a red leather label embossed in gilt with ""Quin's Historical Atlas."