London: John W Parker and Son, 1859 + 1852.
Illustrated by Illustrated. Hardcover. Very Good- with no dust jacket. Item #13514
Cover rubbing, otherwise light. Solid hardcover. ; Full calf binding by Zaehnsdorf with six compartment spine, gilt ruling, gilt spine decor, spine label with gilt lettering, marbled endpapers and marbled edges. Two parts bound in one: xvi, 445pp (1859 later printing) & xii, 615pp (1852 first printing), textual illustrations, index. The first part contains: Mathematical Geography by Rev. M. O'Brien; Physical Geography by D. T. Ansted; Chartography by J. R. Jackson; Theory of Description and Geographical Terminology by C. G. Nicolay. The second part contains: Ancient Geography by Rev. W. L. Bevan; Maritime Discovery and Modern Geography by Rev. C. G. Nicolay. Bound in full contemporary calf with raised bands; covers lined in gilt, spine decorated in gilt; brown leather spine label titled in gilt; marbled edges and end-papers. 1864 gift inscription from Charles A Whittuck (later professor at Oxford) to Ambrose A Goddard (later officer of the Grenadier Guards) "On his leaving Eton". "Both the scholarly standards of the book, and the diverse areas of expertise that were perceived, in the nineteenth century, to be required if geography were to be carried out at a scholarly level, are shown by the qualifications of the men Nicolay recruited as his fellow workers." - O F G Sitwell; Four Centuries of Special Geography: An annotated guide to books that purport to describe all the countries in the world published in England before 1888, with a critical introduction; pages 438-439. Classic mid-nineteenth century academic introduction to geography. ; 445+615 in 1v pages.
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