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Poetical Geography 1851 with early Gold Region map  

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The Poetical Geography designed to accompany outline maps or school atlases. To which are added the rules of arithmetic in rhyme

Van Waters. George


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80 pp. Woodcut illustrations. (8vo) 22.5x16.4 cm (9x6½"), original printed wrappers, woodcut illustration on front wrapper.

A rather charming work, notable in the present context for the two woodcut views of San Francisco, in 1848 and 1849, a depiction of "Gold Digging in California," and a significant map, "Valleys of the Sacramento and San Joaquin. Engraved for the Poetical Geography." Warren Heckrotte notes that "The map is a very close copy of the map in W. Colton's The Land of Gold: Three Years in California, 1850."

Provenance: Holmes, 1/72

References: W-GR 248 for map of 1853 edition (which is unchanged). Addenda in reprint of W-GR notes other issues. Nietz, Old Textbooks, p 198, cites only the 1863 edition.

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Wear to wrappers, chipping at corners, front wrapper partially detached; contents dog-eared; overall very good, fragile and scarce.

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