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Jedediah Morse. A New Gazetteer of the Eastern Continent; or a Geographical Dictionary... Europe, Asia, Africa, and their Adjacent Islands. Charlestown [Mass.]: S. Etheridge, 1802. Octavo. Original full leather binding with new label. With 18 foldout maps. Some age browning and slight spotting, but uncommonly clean.

This book is one of many fine cartographic works issued by Jedediah Morse, the father of American geography. Although this book stands on its own, one of the subtitles states that it is "Designed as a Second volume, to the American Gazetteer," and as such it describes and illustrates all parts of the world outside the Western Hemisphere. Most of the interesting maps were engraved by Gridley, with one by A. Adams. $450

Joseph Emerson Worcester. A Gazetteer of the United States. Andover: Flagg and Gould, 1818. Octavo. Full leather; bumped, scraped and ex libris. Could be refurbished. Interior is fine. Sabin: 105236.

One of many geographical studies done in the U.S. in the early years of the Republic. $85

Laurie's New Traveller's Companion, and Guide through the Roads of England and Wales, Including Great part of Scotland: with a General Map, and an Index Villaris, &c.. An Improved Edition, Correct to the present time. London: R.H. Laurie, No. 53, Fleet Street., 1823. Quarto. Original wallet-style morocco cover with pockets and fold-over flap. Marbled end papers. With general map of England and Wales and 25 regional road maps. Map engraved with original hand color. Hinges a bit weak and some rubbing to cover. Interior with some off-setting. Overall, very good condition and handsome appearance.

With the improvement in road conditions in the eighteenth and then into the nineteenth century, many of the general public took to traveling the roads of Great Britain by horse or coach. This could be for business, for social ends, or simply for pleasure. With the increased travel came a demand for small, "pocket size" road books or atlases. These "traveller's guides" usually contained a general map along with smaller area maps focusing on the roads of a particular region. The roads would be depicted, along with distances along them, as well as cities, towns and villages, inns, bridges and other features of use for a traveler. This is a fine example of such a road guide from the early nineteenth century. In 1806, map publishers Laurie & Whittle issued their "traveller's companion," which was reissued with updated maps regularly. This is an edition published by Richard Holmes Laurie after the death of his partner James Whittle. $450

Thomas Keith. A New Treatise on the Use of the Globes; or, A Philosophical View of the Earth and Heavens . . . Designed for the Instruction of Youth. Small quarto. Pp. [i]-xxiii, [25]-334. Six engraved plates by John Scoles. New York: Samuel Wood & Sons, 1832. Text has some age spotting. Original full leather with gold stamped spine. Rehinged.

"Keith on Globes" for half a century was the most often printed book on the subject. Directions for use include both terrestrial and celestial globes along with considerations about contemporary geography studies. This volume contains an interesting advertisement for "Wilson's American Globes" in 3", 9", and 13" diameters. As a reminder of the competition between British and American manufacturers of the time, the notice states, "the prices of these Globes are much lower than the English can be imported for, and the style of finishing quite equal if not superior; consequently our Schools and Academies would find it for their interest to use them." P. [i]. An excellent study. $225

G. Woolworth Colton. J.H. Colton's American School Quarto Geography. New York: Ivison, Phinney, Blakeman & Co., 1865. Original boards. Leather spine. 118pp. followed by appendix. Covers show wear especially at corners. Signatures on inside front cover. Water damage at top of several pages. Minor foxing. Tears repaired. $225

Warren's Brief Course in Geography. Philadelphia: Cowperthwait & Co., 1876. Quarto. Original printed boards; some wear, but sound. Numerous text illustrations and 24 full page, hand colored maps. Additional section on New Jersey. Interior with some staining, but overall good.

A student's geography book with text about all parts of the world, with text illustrations and maps along with full page maps. Reference maps with more detail appear in the back and the "New Jersey Edition" of the atlas contains a section on that state, including an extra map. $85

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