120.14 - Elements of Geography: Containing a Concise and Comprehensive View of That Useful Science ..., 1796 , by Jedidiah Mores, United States


This is the second edition of Dr. Morse work, first published in 1795.  Elements of Geography was written for students to explain the world’s geography with emphasis on North America. In the 143 pp publication there are sections that address both Africa and Asia and aspects of Europe.

The work describes how America was “peopled”. He earned the title of “Father of American geography”.   Jedidiah Morse (1761 – 1826) was a renowned publisher of student text books.   He was the father of the telegraphy and painter, Samuel B. Morse.  Jedidiah Morse was born in Woodstock, Connecticut.  He did his undergraduate work at Yale University followed by earning a M.A. in 1786 in theology.  He became a pastor in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1789.  Contained in the publication are two small maps; A Map of the United States (4.5″ x 5.0″) and A Map of the World on Mercator’s Projection (4.5″ x 6.0″).  The book is hardbound in quarter calf over marbled wooden boards.  The maps have light toning, moderate foxing and several damp spots.  It is rated Very Good (see our rating criteria on the Home Page).

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