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Auction 142, Lot 156

"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 geologic formations. Marcou says this map is a reissue of the 1817 Maclure's Geological Map "with very few additions or variations." Issued on thin banknote-style paper, it is in the complete volume one (5.5" x 9") in brown painted boards. Second edition, octavo, 480 pp. of text with deckled edges. 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 in good condition with some light toning and minor creasing. The text shows moderate foxing and light toning throughout. The book has been rebound and is structurally sound with bumped edges on the covers. Previous owner's pastedown is on the inside front cover.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $550

Closed on 11/28/2012