Auction 136, Lot 38

"[Map and Report] Outline of the Geology of the Globe", Hitchcock, Edward

Subject: World

Period: 1853 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

23.3 x 18.3 inches
59.2 x 46.5 cm

Drawn on Mercator's Projection, this map shows the entire world with an inset hemisphere of the "Supposed Antarctic Continent" that locates Wilkes' Land, South Victoria, Enderby Land and Cook's sighting of 1774. This map uses six different colors to locate geological formations. Along the bottom are the comparative heights of mountains and volcanoes aligned with the position on the map.

This important geological map is bound in the original report "Outline of the Geology of the Globe, and of the United States in Particular; with Two Geological Maps, and Sketches of Characteristic American Fossils”," by Edward Hitchcock, Boston: Phillips, Sampson & Company, 1856, 5.5" x 9". Third edition, octavo, 136 pp., 6 plates, and 1 folding hand-colored geological map with "A Geological Map of the United States and Canada 1853" missing. In original brown blind stamped cloth with gilt spine title. Published in 1856, this work is notable for containing E. Hitchcock's first attempt at a geological map of the United States. His son C. H. Hitchcock also notes that "the part relating to the United States is the first attempt to show the distribution of rocks from the Atlantic to the Pacific border."

References: Marcou & Marcou #4 & #41.

Condition: A

Map with a few spots of foxing and a tiny binding tear closed with archival tape. Occasional foxing in text. Binding with minor shelf wear and chipped head.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $250

Closed on 6/1/2011