"The World Geographical, Historical, and Statistical…", Ensign, Bridgman & Fanning
Subject: Geography Books
Period: 1855 (dated)
Color: Black & White
6 x 9 inches
15.2 x 22.9 cm
Thoroughly informative and nicely presented geography similar to a gazetteer containing 55 uncolored, single-page maps. The book focuses on the United States with maps of each state and several of the major American cities, but also includes maps of the world and continents. The book is further illustrated with engraved views and woodcut vignettes interspersed throughout the text. Bound into the back is a very decorative, colored foldout map of The World (27 x 18.5") is surrounded by figures representing the various human races and displaying different female costumes. The front cover illustration celebrates the Industrial revolution, "All Nations, One Great Brotherhood, Brought Together by Steam & Telegraph." Written by Charles Savage, complete, 8vo. 500 pages. Hardbound in original brown cloth with decorative tooling and gilt on front and spine.
Single-page maps are very good with only occasional foxing. Foldout map is frayed along outer edge, has several fold splits repaired with archival tape on verso, and is dampstained. Text pages generally good, about half are toned. Covers are a little scuffed and rubbed with a pair of short splits where the front cover meets the spine.