GEOGRAPHY MADE EASY. Jedidiah Morse.
GEOGRAPHY MADE EASY
GEOGRAPHY MADE EASY
GEOGRAPHY MADE EASY
GEOGRAPHY MADE EASY
GEOGRAPHY MADE EASY
GEOGRAPHY MADE EASY

GEOGRAPHY MADE EASY

New-Haven: Printed by Meigs, Bowen and Dana, in Chapel-Street, [1784]. First Edition. 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.

9-65-1316585

Shelved Dupont Bookstore

Price: $1,500

NOTES

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 to the following: "On page 9 Magellan, Drake, Lord Anson, and Captain Cook are mentioned, with a footnote on Cook, his voyages, the fact that he was killed 'on the island of Owhyhee' and that 'a concise account of these discoveries will be given in its proper place' (this latter does not appear in this edition)…";

Jedidiah Morse strongly influenced the educational system of the United States. While teaching at a school for young women, he saw the need for a geography textbook oriented to the forming nation. The result was skimpy and derivative, 'Geography Made Easy' (1784). He followed that with 'American Geography' (1789), which was widely cited and copied. New editions of his school textbooks and the more weighty works often came out annually, earning him the informal title, "father of American geography [wikipedia];

Author's preface dated: New-Haven, October 28, 1784. Advertised in the Connecticut journal, Dec. 22, 1784: On Tuesday next will be printed and ready for sale.;

Full title: Being a short, but comprehensive system of that very useful and agreeable science. ... Illustrated with two correct and elegant maps, one of the world, and the other of the United States, together with a number of newly constructed maps, adapted to the capacities and understanding of children. : Calculated particularly for the use and improvement of schools in the United States.;

Evans, 18615; Forbes, D.W. Hawaii, 81; Trumbull, J.H. Connecticut, 1126;