Label

Mathew Carey printed the first American edition of the popular geography text, commonly known as Guthrie's Geography, as a two-volume set accompanied by an atlas. Carey made changes in his American edition and George Washington allowed Carey the use of his personal map collection to aid him in drawing new maps. Washington also supported the endeavor by subscribing to the publication. This volume details precisely where Mount Vernon is situated and includes a lengthy description of spacious gardens, a mansion house with a superb banqueting room, lofty portico, and outbuildings with resemblance to a rural village.

For George Washington's other volume from this set, see W-1233/A.

Description

Volume two of a set of two volumes. Original brown leather calf binding, quarto size. The front and back covers are embossed with gilt along interior edges and all four exterior edges. The spine is covered with embossed gilding and contains the book's title embossed with gilt on a red ground: GUTHRIE'S / GEOGRAPHY. Just below the title, the spine contains the volume number embossed with gilt on a red ground: VOL. II. Signed by George Washington on the title page. This edition, the first published in America, was comprised of two hefty volumes of text accompanied by an atlas of approximately 50 maps and charts.

The full title of this volume is A NEW SYSTEM OF MODERN GEOGRAPHY: OR, A GEOGRAPHICAL, HISTORICAL, AND COMMERCIAL GRAMMAR; AND PRESENT STATE OF THE SEVERAL NATIONS OF THE WORLD. CONTAINING… VOLUME II

Pagination: 704, 43
Size: 4to.

Date

1795


People


Geography


Material/Technique

Leather, gilt, marbleized paper, ink, laid paper


Dimensions

Overall: 10 3/4 in. x 8 3/4 in. x 2 1/8 in. (27.31 cm x 22.23 cm x 5.4 cm)


Credit Line

Purchase, 1942


Signed

Title page, top left corner, in brown ink: Go:Washington


Object Number

W-1233/B


Colors (Beta)


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