Auction 123, Lot 860

"System of Geography, for the Use of Schools. Illustrated with More Than Fifty Cerographic Maps, and Numerous Wood-Cut Engravings", Morse, Sidney Edwards

Subject: Geography Books

Period: 1846 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

9.5 x 12.5 inches
24.1 x 31.8 cm

Morse's popular series of geographies, with their easy to read maps and fact-filled text, quickly became a standard for American educators during the early 19th century. This edition contains a total of 53 wax-engraved maps including a double-page map of the United States that features a large Indian Territory that stretches as far west as the Rocky Mountains, and a large Territory of Iowa that includes most of Minnesota and the Dakotas. Another nice map is the North America, which shows an Independent Texas in an unusual shape. 4to. 72 pages. Complete. Hardbound in original decorative paper covered boards with a black paper spine.


Condition: B

Maps generally good with some foxing. Text with occasional foxing and minor loss along bottom gutter. Some pages dog-eared and worn along edges. Notations in ink and pencil on several pages. Covers are a bit shelf worn but cleaner than most school geographies. Binding is starting to loosen, spine well worn with loss at bottom.

Estimate: $180 - $250

Sold for: $210

Closed on 2/20/2008