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Auction 189, Lot 743

"A New Geographical, Historical, and Commercial Grammar; and Present State of the Several Kingdoms of the World...", Guthrie, William

Subject: Geography Books

Period: 1800 (published)


Color: Black & White

5.8 x 8.8 inches
14.7 x 22.4 cm
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This thick octavo geography contains 26 folding maps including: 2 world maps; Europe; Sweden, Norway & Denmark; Northern Part of Russia in Europe; Scotland; England and Wales; Ireland; 2 maps of France; 2 maps of the Netherlands; Germany; Poland; Switzerland; Spain and Portugal; Italy; Turkey in Europe & Hungary; Asia; India; Africa; North America; British Colonies in North America; The United States of America; West Indies; and South America.

Of particular interest is the Russell map of the United States which contains the mistaken title "Treaty of 1784." The map is noteworthy for the depiction of the Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants. Ohio is a small area labeled Ohio Company and Donation Lands with no sign of the other bounty grants named on Russell's larger, derivative map. Other interesting designations west of Ohio bear the labels Illinois Company, Wabash Company, Army Lands, and New Jersey Company. Also of interest is the map of North America which shows a speculative River or the West, and the two world maps which show Van Diemen's Land still attached to mainland Australia and an incomplete coastline of New Guinea. The volume also includes a single page plate depicting an armillary sphere.

Original brown leather with title label on spine. 1056 pages.


Condition: A

The maps are in remarkable condition with most near fine and several others very good with occasional scattered foxing and minor offsetting. The frontispiece world map is good (B) with light foxing and offsetting. Text is clean and tight with a former owner's bookplate on the front pastedown. Binding has some wear and abrasions and the edges are bumped.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/14/2022