Auction 157, Lot 757

"The New Universal Gazetteer; or, Modern Geographical Index", Ramsay, David

Subject: Geography Books

Period: 1796 (published)


Color: Black & White

5.4 x 8.6 inches
13.7 x 21.8 cm

This small geography book contains six folding maps engraved by Samuel Neele including the world, North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Europe. In North America, place names are mostly limited to the east coast with East and West Florida depicted. Quivira is located in the west as is a long River of the West. Alaska is still misshapen but beginning to take its proper form. The world map shows Tasmania still connected to the Australian mainland. Includes over 600 pages of unpaginated text describing important places in the world with dictionary-style descriptions. Printed by David Ramsay for Bell & Bradfute. Octavo, hardbound in full original leather with raised bands on spine.

References: McCorkle (18th c. Geography Books) #318.

Condition: B+

Maps are very good with occasional faint offsetting. The world map has a faint damp stain at top, several misfolds, and a 2.5" edge tear at top that has been closed with archival tape. The Europe map has a printer's crease at bottom left. Text is mostly clean with a faint damp stain along the gutter at bottom in approximately one-third of the pages. Title page is missing. Covers have minor abrasions, edges are bumped, and the spine is cracking. Title label on spine is mostly missing.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $150

Closed on 5/4/2016