Auction 162, Lot 778

"View of the United States, Historical, Geographical, and Statistical…", Darby, William

Subject: Geography Books, United States

Period: 1828 (published)


Color: Hand Color

4 x 5.8 inches
10.2 x 14.7 cm

This book is packed with information about the history, natural and political geography, the climate of the United States. It also contains the latest information returned from the Stephen Long expedition on the western frontier. The preface includes a letter from Long attesting to the accuracy of this publication on the climate and temperatures of the West. It is complete in all regards and contains the 14 called-for engraved maps. The maps all focus on the United States plus one map of the world drawn on Mercator's Projection that has a red line showing the northern limits of grain cultivation and marks the boundary between the horse and rein deer. The other maps are Georgia and Alabama; North & South Carolina; Virginia, Maryland and Delaware; Pennsylvania and New Jersey; New York; New England; Falls of Niagara and Adjacent Country; Louisiana and Mississippi; Part of Louisiana: Delta of the Mississippi; Kentucky and Tennessee; Illinois and Missouri; Part of Maine; and Ohio and Indiana. The small (6.4 x 4.8") folding maps all show good detail with roads, topography, towns, Indian villages and reservation lands. Hardbound in half red leather over marbled paper boards. Spine is finely tooled with gilt and title. Volume I and II bound together, 654pp, 11pp advertisement, with 14 maps. Published in Philadelphia by H.S. Tanner. These maps also appeared in Tanner's A New Pocket Atlas of the United States, which was also published in 1828.

References: Howes #D67; Sabin 18535.

Condition: B

Front cover detached. The contents are generally tight except two signatures at center are somewhat loose. Text and maps with toning and scattered foxing with darker offsetting to text pages facing maps. Small damp stain at the bottom edge of the last several pages mainly affecting the advertising pages of Tanner's maps.

Estimate: $700 - $850

Sold for: $350

Closed on 4/26/2017