Richard Brookes. Brookes's General Gazetteer Improved . . ..
Philadelphia and Richmond: Johnson & Warner, 1812. Octavo. [I]-xvi., unnumbered leaves of text plus appendix. 10 maps of 11. Map of the world frontispiece lacking. Text is browned, but readable. Maps lighter but spotted. Full leather with original leather label on spine. Hinges fragile. Ref.: Shaw-Shoemaker, 24939. Buck, 8. Second American edition following the 12th. London edition. Walsh, p. 148 collates complete. Very scarce: not in Sabin or Howes.
A fine and extensive early Philadelphia gazetteer by a British author with detailed folding maps engraved by William Ralph and William Kneass and are the following: "Africa" after Arrowsmith, "North America" from Arrowsmith, "South America" after Malespina, "Asia" from Arrowsmith, "Europe" after Arrowsmith, "West Indies," "The Southern States and Mississippi Territory," "The Middle States and Western Territories . . . including the Seat of the Western War. 1812," "The Northwestern Territories of the United States," and "The Eastern States with Part of Canada." Chaos on the eastern seaboard due to the War of 1812 would have made this publication scarce from the start, and the last four maps are fascinating, important and very unusual.