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Morse, Jedidiah
GEOGRAPHY MADE EASY
New-Haven: Printed by Meigs, Bowen and Dana, in Chapel-Street, [1784]. First Edition. Hardcover. 12mo., 214 pages; G-; bound in contemporary full calf, black label to spine with gilt lettering; moderate rubbing and wear to boards, cracking to spine, wear to hinges; ffep loose within, with early names written in ink, one dated 1787; some gatherings slightly loose; page 57 with long horizontal tear; with half-title; some slight waviness to pages, some mild cracking and wear to fore edges of pages;With engraved hand-colored double-hemisphere of the world frontispiece (The World. Agreeable to the last Discoveries in the South Seas. 6.5x10 cm) and 4 "word maps" (described by Warren Heckrotte as "cartographic diagrams") in the text (South America, Asia, Europe, and Africa). LACKING THE FOLDING MAP OF THE UNITED STATES; some tattering to edges of frontispiece, does not effect map;Extremely scarce; shelved case 3. Very rare first edition of the first American geography and the first to describe the Western country, including California.;Warren Heckrotte discusses the priority of the North American map: "The first appearance of a map of the U.S. printed in the U.S. is 1777; no copy has been located. The next appearance of maps of the U.S. printed in the U.S. was 1784. There were three: The Abel Buell map, the Wm. McMurray map, and this one in Morse. The first two are large maps..." He also notes another American geography book, "Geography Epitomized," attributed to Robert Davidson, which also appeared in 1784.;David Forbes, in the 'Hawaiian National Bibliography', draws attention t … [Click Below for Full Description]
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