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SALMON, Thomas

A New Geographical and Historical Grammar: wherein the Geographical Part is Truly Modern and the Present State of the Several Kingdoms of the World

William Johnston, at the Golden-Ball in St. Paul's Church-Yard, London, 1758
Octavo (210 x 125 mm.), full contemporary calf, blind panelled, spine with raised bands and blind decoration, with red calf gilt title label. With half title, title printed in red and black, pp. xiv, 15-640, (16), with 22 maps and 1 plate, two with small stains, England Wales with fold repaired, otherwise in good condition.
An example of the sixth edition of Thomas Salmon’s (1679-1767) ‘A New Geographical and Historical Grammar’ first published in 1749. Salmon was an historian and geographer whose first major work was the ‘Modern History’ issued in parts from 1725-38 and consists of numerous volumes with maps by Herman Moll. This second work is a single volume comprehensive study. In the Preface Salmon states that ‘since the Days of my Friend Moll the Geographer, we have had nothing but Copies of Foreign Maps, by Engravers unskilled in Geography, who have copied them with all their Errors’. In offering maps by Thomas Jeffery’s he found a worthwhile engraver.

A new larger replacement world map was introduced for the third edition along with an additional map of China. It should also be noted that this example bears the variant North America in which the spelling error ‘LOUISANIA’ occurs. A variant imprint is recorded with the publishers’ imprint of Johnston and P. Davey and B. Law. Provenance: with ownership mark of Robert Huntington on title; Jane Wiglesworth on half title; private English collection since c.1985. ESTC T69007; McCorkle 355; Shirley (2004) G.Salm 2d (variant); Tooley’s Dictionary (1999-2004).
Stock number: 10511
£ 750
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