Auction 148, Lot 165

"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

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 tan 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 has a few minor stains and extraneous creases, otherwise near fine. Text has light toning with some chips to the deckled edges. The spine has nearly perished and the covers are partially detached and worn. Map (B+), book (B).

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $400

Closed on 2/19/2014