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The United States Gazetteer: containing an Authentic description of the Several States. Their situation, extent, boundaries, soil, produce, climate, population, trade and manufactures. Together with the Extent, boundarires and population of their Respecti
Philadelphia: F. and R. Bailey, 1795 [but 1794].. 12mo (6 4/8 x 4 inches). Engraved title-page. Engraved folding frontispiece map of the United States (small tear at the gutter), and 18 folding maps of Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, New Jersey, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Northwest Territory, Southwest Territory, Vermont and Virginia (some offsetting, some browning). Contemporary tree calf red morocco lettering-piece (rebacked to style, extremities bumped). Provenance: Contemporary ownership inscription of Dr. Alfred Whelen Paris, France, dated August 18th 1874 on front free endpaper, with his faint penciled signature on the title-page. "The maps I have drawn and engraved myself" (Scott "Preface") First edition of the first Gazetteer of the United States, with an early ownership inscription confirming the date of publication to be 1794 rather than 1795 as on the title-page. Philadelphia engraver and publisher Joseph T. Scott, along with fellow Philadelphian Mathew Carey, was one of the first American cartographic publishers: "The maps I have drawn and engraved myself, and I trust they will be found, on examination, as accurate as circumstances would admit, and probably more so than any collection of maps that has hitherto been published in the United States" (Scott "Preface"). Scott's gazetteer includes some of the most important early maps of the new "western" territories, as well as quite accurate depictions of the developing eastern states. Evans 29476; Sabin 78331; Howes S237. For more information about this book, or a warm welcome to see it and other books in our library at 72nd Street, NYC, please contact Kate Hunter, M.A. Oxon, in the Rare Book Department.
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