THE GENERAL GAZETTEER; or, Compendious Geographical Dictionary. Containing a Description of all the Empires, Kingdoms, States, Provinces, Cities, Towns, Forts, Seas, Harbours, Rivers, Lakes, Mountains and Capes in the Known World, with The Government, Customs, Manners, and Religion of the Inhabitants; The Extent, Boundaries and Natural Production of each Country; and the Trade, Manufactures, and Curiosities of the Cities and Towns; their Longitude, Lattitude, Bearings and Distances in English Miles from remarkable Places; and the various Events by which they have been distinguished; including An Account of the Counties, Cities, Boroughs, Market-Towns, and principal Villages, in Great Britain and Ireland. Illustrated with Maps.
printed for B. Law and Son, C. Dilly, J. Johnson et. al., London, 1794, 8th edn. with considerable additions and improvements, [iv] blank, xvi comprising title, preface and introduction, unpaginated [756pp] text, [iv] blank, six folding maps (as called for) each dated 1791, of The World, Africa, North America, South America, Asia and Europe, modern half bound in dark brown cloth with hand marbled paper covered sides, lettered and ruled in gilt at spine, title label upper board, a firm and complete copy of the issue, with a new preface for the 8th edition setting out the latest changes that have been incorporated as a result of the 'great revolution' in France using the 'Nouvelle Geographie de la France' of 1791 as source, the revolutions in Poland 'by which that country has sustained such a diminution of territory and power', the latest new division of Russia into forty-one governments with the acquisition of the Crimea and other territories, a much improved geography of the East Indies, the late voyages to New South Wales have been consulted and some newly discovered islands in the South Pacific added, for North America Mr. Morse's 'American Geography' has been consulted and there are such details included as that for Washington [DC], to be the seat of government 'now building' in a tract of territory called 'Columbia' ceded by Maryland and Virginia, with detail of the proposed layout of buildings and streets, a fascinating snapshot of the state of knowledge of the then known world over 200 years ago, with the West Coast of USA marked as New Albion, Australia as New Holland, etc., edges dusty and tanned, contemporary ink name top cnr. first blank, tiny paper flaw in introduction (xi/xii), some fox marks in text and faintly on maps, small chip one leaf clipping but not into text, no dustwrapper, very good,
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