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GUTHRIE, William

A New Grammar ... of the World

James Williams and John Exshaw, Dublin, 1780
Octavo (215 x 140 mm.), full contemporary calf, rebacked with raised bands, gilt ruled panels with gilt calf title to spine. Complete with all 7 folding maps, some light restoration to the maps otherwise in good condition.
The ‘New Geographical Grammar’ was first published by William Guthrie (1708-70) it appears in the year of his death. The book was a small detailed description of all the countries of the world and proved extremely popular with many editions in a few formats over the ensuing decades. Guthrie was a geographer and historian from Brechin in Scotland, who after his studies at the University of Aberdeen moved to London in 1730. The first Dublin edition appears to have been published by John Exshaw, Boulter Grierson and James Williams and included 22 maps. This edition is by a slightly different partnership and includes just 7 maps as called for. The world is a large ornate double hemispherical map by Thomas Kitchin. Provenance: manuscript ownership annotation inside front cover of ‘Benj. Doubleday’. McCorkle records rare. Not in the British Library. ESTC T212578; McCorkle (2009) 178 (only recording one example from which all maps were missing); Tooley Dictionary. Provenance: private collection of Rodney Shirley.
Stock number: 7246

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