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Rare First Edition of Morden's Geography Rectified
This is an example of the rare first edition of Morden's important pocket world atlas, containing an extensive selection of Morden's maps of the world and its regions. The information Morden provides in the atlas is fascinating, describing the regions of the world in-depth, providing a fascinating, though not always accurate, look at the cultures, geographies, and peoples of the world.
The maps that Morden chose to include in the atlas provide a wonderful focus to this work. These maps are well-designed and intricately detailed, showing the cities, rivers, mountains, and other features of the various regions of the world.
The work is complete with the sixty-three maps enumerated in the catalog provided. Particularly notable maps are described here.
[Blank]. [14, including Title Page and World Map]. 1-204, 241-286, 285-264, 263-418. [Blank].
A⁴, a², B-Cc⁴, Cc², Aaa-Zzz⁴.
Pages 205-240 appear to have been omitted, signatures are discontinuous at this point as well. No references to these pages appear, and we were unable to locate examples of these pages.
This example of the atlas has 63 maps, as called for in the index. Both Sabin and the title page call for 60 maps. Other sources call 62. One copy reported having 64 maps.
The title page bears the stamp "Ex Biblioteca Edmundi Duaci," containing a penciled in "Hn." The inside back cover contains manuscript annotations possibly indicating that the atlas was in the possession of a French bookdealer in 1968, who deemed the work "very rare."
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