Sale 610 Lot 19

* MELISH, John (1771-1822). A Geographical Description of the United States, with the Contiguous Countries, including Mexico and the West Indies. Philadelphia: by the Author, 1822.

8vo (213 x 133 mm). 2pp. advertisements and errata, 12 engraved maps (1 folding). (Some browning or spotting throughout, as usual.) Contemporary leather-backed marbled boards (lower cover detached, spine with old glue repairs, upper hinge broken). Fourth edition, including maps of the District of Columbia, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Charleston, New Orleans, Ballston and Saratoga Springs, St. Louis, the outlet of the Columbia River, and a national road map. Although the table of contents lists 14 maps, only 12 were completed in time for publication. Howes M-490; Sabin 47431.

Estimate $500-700

Provenance: Purchased at Swann Galleries, 1956.

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