London: Printed for A. Millar, and J. & R. Tonson, 1762. Three volumes. xxiv,;346;348pp., plus six folding maps. 12mo. Contemporary calf, gilt numeral on each spine, raised bands, spines and boards ruled in gilt. Spine ends a bit chipped, moderate wear and some abrading to boards, joints a bit tender. Internally clean. Very good. Item #WRCAM55311
The first edition of this important gazetteer, the first gazetteer devoted to America, issued during the final stages of the French and Indian War. Sabin calls this publication a "meritorious work." Entries are arranged alphabetically, and most relate to the British colonies in North America, relating information on soil, climate, and produce along with descriptions of cities and waterways throughout the New World, and more. The six folding maps were engraved by John Gibson and relate much new information; the maps illustrate the Western Hemisphere, the Caribbean and West Indies, the southern colonies, the middle Atlantic colonies, New England and upper Canada, and the maritime provinces of Canada. "The Gazetteer was published during the French and Indian War to meet the reawakened European interest in America....The entries for Spanish America are especially revealing, since earlier information concerning Spanish possessions had been vague and inaccurate. The author used Spanish sources for these entries and corrected many previous misconceptions" - Nebenzahl. Complete sets of the AMERICAN GAZETTEER are exceedingly rare in the market; this is only the second set ever handled by this firm, and the first in nearly three decades. HOWES A207, "aa." CLARK I:513. LeCLERC 233. CUMMING 329. LANDE 6. NEBENZAHL 12:178. JCB (3)I:1313. BRINLEY 8. SABIN 1090. ESTC T21817. REESE & OSBORN, STRUGGLE FOR NORTH AMERICA 55.