"the smallest miniature atlas in existence" (Bondy)
By STANFORD, Edward , 1928

Atlas of the British Empire reproduced from the original made for Her Majesty Queen Mary’s Doll’s House.

  • Author: STANFORD, Edward
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Edward Stanford Ltd, Cartographers to the King
  • Publication date: c1928
  • Physical description: Miniature book (43 by 34mm), title printed in red and black, contents, 12 coloured double-page maps, book plate to upper flyleaf, original red roan, lettered in gilt, edges gilt.
  • Inventory reference: 16477


A fine miniature atlas produced from the original made in 1922 for Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House.

The Dolls’ House was built between 1921 and 1924 from the designs of the leading architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. The four-storey Palladian villa was constructed in 1/12 scale and it exhibited the finest British craftsmanship of the period. The Library consists of 200 books, which were commissioned to the leading names of the time.

Stanford’s atlas is accurately drawn, showing British possessions in red. The world map is, potentially, the smallest world map ever printed.


1. Book plate of Dane and Co. A British Ink manufacturer established in 1853.

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