Auction 141, Lot 782

"[2 Volumes] The New and Universal System of Geography: Being a Complete Modern History and Description of the Whole World…", Millar, George H.

Subject: Geography Books

Period: 1782 (circa)


Color: Black & White

10 x 14.9 inches
25.4 x 37.8 cm

This comprehensive world geography and history is liberally illustrated with decorative plates and maps. It covers Europe, Asia, Africa, and America with information about the history, geography, climate, people, flora and fauna. It also includes important eighteenth century voyages and discoveries including Captain Cook's second voyage. Although his third voyage is not included, there is a plate illustrating his death in Hawaii. Other illustrations include city views from around the world, native costumes and occupations, and indigenous flora and fauna. The foldout maps were engraved by Kitchin, Bowen, Conder and Lodge with plates by several renowned English engravers. There is a fine map of the American colonies and city plans for the harbors of New York, Charleston, Havana, and Boston. Complete with "upwards of 120 capital engravings" (including 25 maps), 812 pp. Published by Alexander Hogg, London. Hardbound in original full calf with gilt embossed raised bands on spine and marbled paper end papers. Bookplate of The Free Library of Philadelphia on front pastedowns with withdrawn ink stamp on versos of title pages. This complete work is scarce, particularly in nice condition, as it is often broken up for its plates and maps.


Condition: A

Plates and maps clean and bright with a few unobtrusive wormholes in border or blank margin. Text with a bit of scattered light foxing at back of second volume. Ex-libris with a few unobtrusive ink library stamps, none affecting plates. Binding sound with worn covers and bumped corners. Spines starting on both volumes.

Estimate: $1,900 - $2,300

Sold for: $1,400

Closed on 9/5/2012