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Morse's North American Atlas

MORSE, Sidney Edwards (1794-1871).

Published by New York: Harper & Brothers, 1842 [but 1845]., 1845
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Folio (17 4/8 x 14 inches). 36 coloured wax-engraved maps (some occasionally heavy mostly marginal spotting). Modern half maroon calf over original maroon cloth boards, gilt (unevenly faded). The first Cerographic Atlas of the United States. First colour-printed edition, and enlarged from the first edition published in parts between 1842-1845, without a map of Oregon, nor a separate map of Iowa, but with maps of North America, Canada east, Canada west, Nova Scotia - New Brunswick &c., West India Islands, and Wisconsin Southern Part, not found in the first edition. Son of the celebrated Jedediah Morse, Sidney "was helpful to his father in revising the famous "Geography" of the elder Morse, and in 1822 the two edited a New System of Modern Geography. He made further advances in the field of geography when, in the 1830's, he and Henry A. Munson began working on a new method of printing maps: an engraving was made on wax, and from the engraving was made a plate to be inserted with the type. Morse had written atlases previously, the first being "An Atlas of the United States" in 1823, and the new method proved very valuable in enabling him to print several more. The first production using the new method was his "Gerographic Atlas of the United States", published in 1842. He is credited with two other inventions. On October 3, 1817, he and his brother Samuel F. B. Morse (1791-1872) were granted a patent for a "flexible piston pump", and on July 17, 1866, he and his son were granted one for a "bathometer", to be used in deep-sea exploration" (Yale University Library online); Phillips, 1228. Bookseller Inventory # 001975

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Title: Morse's North American Atlas

Publisher: New York: Harper & Brothers, 1842 [but 1845].

Publication Date: 1845

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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