Quarto (295 x 190 mm.), original half calf, marbled paper boards, light wear, spine with raised bands, blind ruled, with original blank endpapers. With frontispiece, double hemisphere world map, typographic title page printed in red and black, pp. (2), 36, with 6 maps, 1 plate of the Terrestrial Globe, numerous illustrations of which 1 bears a volvelle (loose), all in early wash colour. In very good condition.
The Reverend Richard Turner (c.1724-94) taught mathematics and philosophy at Worcester and was a cleric at Magdalen College, Oxford. This FIRST EDITION of the ‘View of the Earth’ was an instructional book on geography for ‘young gentlemen and young ladies’. He commends the subject as ‘a fine accomplishment … [and] as a necessary part of useful education’. The maps are of the world and four continents with America separated into North and South. The accompanying diagrams are fascinating illustrating such things as the curvature of the earth, the seasons. The geographical clock on page 21 bears a volvelle. The end of the book features twenty ‘Problems’, six ‘Phaenomenon’ and eight ‘Paradox’s. There were further editions in 1766, 1771 and 1787. His son of the same name went on to have a similar career and published geographical works. Shirley (2004) T.Turn 1a.