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Auction 165, Lot 121

"The United States of America [bound in] An Elementary Treatise on Mineralogy and Geology, Being an Introduction to the Study of These Sciences...", Cummings & Hilliard

Subject: Eastern United States

Period: 1816 (published)


Color: Hand Color

10.9 x 9 inches
27.7 x 22.9 cm
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This is the first edition, and the second American work on mineralogy by Parker Cleaveland. Included at the rear of the volume is an early geological map of the eastern United States. The map extends from the eastern seaboard to Louisiana, and uses hand coloring to depict five or six geologic classifications. The map is surprisingly not listed in Marcou, but it appears to be very similar to William Maclure's first geological map published in 1809. Cleaveland's second edition map (1822) is listed in Marcou (#28) and states that the map is a reissue of Maclure's 1817 map "with very few additions or variations." Also included at the rear of the volume are 5 mineralogical plates.

First edition, 668 pages, folding map and five plates. Ocatvo, hardbound in quarter leather and tips over marbled boards.


Condition: B

The folding map has light toning, minor foxing, and soiling in Pennsylvania and Mississippi. Text is lightly toned with scattered foxing. Covers are worn, edges are bumped, and there are a few small chips to the spine. The front cover has been reattached using binder's tape along the hinge, and the back hinge is starting.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $400

Closed on 11/15/2017