Auction 160, Lot 808

"First Lessons in Geography and Astonomy, with Seven Maps, and a View of the Solar System, for the Use of Young Children...", Cummings, Jacob Abbot

Subject: Geography Books

Period: 1826 (published)


Color: Black & White

5.2 x 5.8 inches
13.2 x 14.7 cm

This rare, petite school atlas was intended for young children who had just mastered reading and writing. It contains a total of 8 single-page plates including maps of the world in two hemispheres, North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Also includes a solar system plate at the back of the 82 page volume. 16 mo. with gray stiff paper wrappers. These Cummings "First Lessons" geographies are unusual on the market, with no copies containing the Hallowell imprint in OCLC or in historical auction records over the last 30 years.


Condition: B

Overall light toning and occasional scattered foxing in the text (not in the plates). There is a rust spot in the center of the solar system plate. Front cover is damp stained with some loss at lower left and spine.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $90

Closed on 11/16/2016