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Auction 138, Lot 915

Rare 19th Century Geography Drawn and Engraved by Women

"A Hieroglyphic Geography of the United States Part I…", Dutton, E. P.

Subject: Geography Books

Period: 1875 (published)


Color: Black & White

10 x 12 inches
25.4 x 30.5 cm

This virtually unknown work by two women, artist Anna A. Heermans and engraver Charlotte B. Cogswell, is a fascinating geography book of the northeastern US states. For each of the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode island, Connecticut and New York the book features a page of engraved hieroglyphics to instruct children on the topography, agriculture, exports, and other key facts of the state. The subsequent page deciphers the hieroglyphics in plain text, in case the reader finds the hieroglyphics too puzzling! Although it is titled Part I, this is the only part that was issued. This work is extremely rare. Quarto, red cloth with embossed and gilt title on front cover.


Condition: B+

Contents are clean with a couple of faint spots. Covers are lightly stained and worn, but binding is in good condition.

Estimate: $500 - $800

Sold for: $375

Closed on 12/7/2011