A New System of Modern Geography: or, A Geographical, Historical, and Commercial Grammar; and Present State of the Several Nations of the World . . . by William Guthrie, Esq.; The Astronomical Parts Corrected by Dr. Rittenhouse. William Guthrie.
A New System of Modern Geography: or, A Geographical, Historical, and Commercial Grammar; and Present State of the Several Nations of the World . . . by William Guthrie, Esq.; The Astronomical Parts Corrected by Dr. Rittenhouse
A New System of Modern Geography: or, A Geographical, Historical, and Commercial Grammar; and Present State of the Several Nations of the World . . . by William Guthrie, Esq.; The Astronomical Parts Corrected by Dr. Rittenhouse

A New System of Modern Geography: or, A Geographical, Historical, and Commercial Grammar; and Present State of the Several Nations of the World . . . by William Guthrie, Esq.; The Astronomical Parts Corrected by Dr. Rittenhouse

Philadelphia: Mathew Carey, 1794. Hardcover. "The First American Edition, corrected,improved, and greatly enlarged." Title continued: "To which are added, I. A Geographical Index . . . II. A Table of the Coins of all Nations . . . III. A Chronological Table of remarkable Events . . . IV The late Discoveries of Herschell, and other Astronomers." 2 volumes: 572 p., 2 leaves of plates (1 folded); xi, [1], 704, 43, [1] p., 1 leaf of a folded plate: in-text tables; 28 cm. Contemporary full calf with six spine compartments between triple gilt rules; red leather labels in second compartments with gilt-tooled title "Guthrie's Geography." Preface to vol. 1 dated Feb. 5, 1794 and preface to vol. 2 dated April 27, 1795. List of subscribers' names on pp. v-xi in vol. 2 (including Capt. John Barry, Tench Coxe, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and President George Washington). Vol.1 contains a folded engraved plate illustrating the Brahean system and the Copercican system, and 3 additional figures; and a plate engraved by Joseph T. Scott showing an armillary sphere; vol. 2 contains a large folded plate of a table listing goods, wares, and merchandise exported from the United States in 1791 through 1794. Vol. 1 states: "Printed by Mathew Carey." Vol. 2 states: "Printed for Mathew Carey". Colophon of vol. 2: "Printed by R. Folwell, for Mathew Carey." Early American Imprints, ser. 1 (Evans), nos. 27077 and 28782. Evans attributes the American part of the work to Jedidiah Morse. "Directions to the binder regarding the placement of maps" (vol. 2, p. [xii]) indicate that it was optional whether the 45 maps were bound with the text or in a separate volume. They are in fact seldom found bound with the text and are more commonly found as: The General Atlas for Carey's Edition of Guthrie's Geography "Philadelphia, 1795." They were not bound with this copy of the text. Errors in pagination: vol. 1, p. 435, and vol. 2, p. 237-240 misnumbered 439, 187-190. Possibly a married set as vol. 2 is slightly shorter than vol. 1 and the spine labels are not identical. These volumes are quite heavy. For international shipping, it will have to be sent by international priority. In Good+ Condition: lacking "A Table of the Real & Imaginary Monies of America, Europe, Asia, and Africa" from vol. 2; leather is rubbed and scraped; joints are solid; upper corner of vol. 2 title page lacking, without loss of text; occasional light foxing; otherwise clean and tight. Good +. Item #004182

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