John Melish. A Geographical Description of the World intended as an accompaniment to The Map of the World on Mercator's Projection.
Philadelphia: Melish and Harrison, 1818. First and only edition. Collation: -8, [ix]-[xvi], -280. 3 maps. Slight staining and browning, but better than most. Original half leather binding. Ex libris with perforated stamp on titlepage and discreet withdrawal stamp. Complete: Shaw-Shoemaker, 44792. Sabin, 47437 (note). No copy recorded as sold in the last 25 years according to American Book Prices Current.
This book by the great American geographer and cartographer provides a text to accompany Melish's map of the world on the Mercator projection. The frontispiece world map is one a complementary oval project for useful contrast. Samuel Harrison updated his 1816 map to this new version dated 1818. The other two maps are of the Isthmus and Darien and the Isthmus of Suez. The last four pages provide a catalog of Melish's published geographical works. An interesting and scarce work.