Charlestown: Samuel Etheridge, 1802. First Edition. Leather. Octavo size, approx.  pp. Fair. Item #15083209
Jedidiah Morse (1761-1826) published numerous volumes on geography during his life; the publication of his first thorough geographical work, "The American Gazetteer", garnered him the title "the father of American geography". "A New Gazetteer" serves as a second volume, this one dealing with the geography of Europe, Asia, and Africa, with accompanying maps detailing the varied topography and cities found in these widely different continents.
This volume is the first edition of Morse's book, written with Elijah Parish (1762-1825), a clergyman in New England who was a member of the American Antiquarian Society.
___DESCRIPTION: Full brown leather with replacement leather binding by a prior owner over the original leather with a cut-out for the spine label, red leather spine label with gilt ruled borders and gilt lettering, frontispiece a fold-out map of Europe, text in double columns, seventeen black-and-white fold-out maps (including frontispiece) throughout; octavo size (8.75" by 5.75"), approximately 600 pages, unnumbered.
___CONDITION: Volume is fair only mostly due to the binding; it has a sturdy and square text block and is collated complete; condition issues include soiling and chipping to the leather cover with a piece at the head of the spine beginning to detach, overall edge wear, corners bumped, front hinge is loose, preliminary pages show substantial edgewear but no loss to text, soiling and foxing throughout the interior pages, the gutter at the section "HOT" is cracked, and two of the maps, the frontispiece and one at the section "SYD", have one panel detached but present. All maps are collated and present; please note that the title page has "Illustrated with eighteen maps" printed, however, there are seventeen maps listed on the note to the binder at the rear of the book, and all of these are present in the book.
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