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Auction 153, Lot 765

"System of Geography, for the Use of Schools. Illustrated with More Than Fifty Cerographic Maps, and Numerous Wood-Cut Engravings", Morse, Sidney Edwards

Subject: Geography Books

Period: 1846 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

9.5 x 12.5 inches
24.1 x 31.8 cm

Morse's popular series of geographies, with their easy to read maps and fact-filled text, quickly became a standard for American educators during the early 19th century. This edition contains a total of 53 wax-engraved maps including a double-page map of the United States that features a large Indian Territory that stretches as far west as the Rocky Mountains, and a large Territory of Iowa that includes most of Minnesota and the Dakotas. Another nice map is North America, which shows an Independent Texas in an unusual shape. 4to. 72 pages. Complete. Hardbound in original decorative paper covered boards with black paper spine.


Condition: B

Maps and text are generally good with the typical moderate toning, staining, and scattered foxing. A handful of the woodcut illustrations have been colored by the child using the book. The binding is a little loose and the covers are a bit shelf worn, but externally cleaner than most school geographies.

Estimate: $220 - $275

Sold for: $275

Closed on 5/20/2015