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Auction 130, Lot 175

"The United States", Cummings & Hilliard

Subject: Eastern United States

Period: 1822 (dated)

Publication: An Elementary Treatise on Mineralogy and Geology…

Color: Hand Color

16.5 x 11 inches
41.9 x 27.9 cm
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This early folding geological map of the United States is the frontis for "An Elementary Treatise on Mineralogy and Geology, Designed for the Use of Pupils”," by Parker Cleaveland, Boston, published by Cummings & Hilliard. The map's geology is by Parker Cleaveland and was drawn by H. Morse. It extends into Texas to include San Antonio. Contains great watershed detail and uses hand coloring to suggest five or six geological formations. Marcou says this map is a reissue of the 1817 Maclure's Geological Map "with very few additions or variations." It is in the complete, original volume (5.5" x 9") in leather boards, both volumes bound together as one. Second edition, octavo, xii, 480, 481-818 pp. and errata leaf plus 6 plates including frontis map of the United States. One of the most famous and widely used mineralogical reference works of the early 19th century in America. Very scarce especially with the map present.

References: Marcou & Marcou #28.

Condition: B+

The map is clean and lightly age toned with a short opening tear and an irregular bottom blank margin that does not affect the map. Also some extraneous creasing. Condition code is for the map. Complete with all plates. Externally poor to fair but internally good+. Spine completely perished. Boards moderately worn with front board detached, but binding otherwise intact and tight. Old owner name written in ink at top of first title page dated 1825. Some light scattered foxing to pages more at front and rear.

Estimate: $750 - $1,000


Closed on 12/2/2009