A New System of Modern Geography: Or, A Geographical, Historical, and Commercial Grammar; and Present State of the Several Kingdoms of the World..., the astronomical part by James Ferguson, F.R.S., to which have been added, the late discoveries of Dr. Herschell, and other eminent astronomers ... Fifth edition, corrected, improved, and greatly enlarged
London: printed for C. Dilly, and G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 1792. 4to. (11 x 8 3/8 inches). 24 folding engraved maps, each hand-coloured in outline, and one single-page plate of an Armillary Sphere.
Contemporary full calf by William McKenzie, covers with a roll border in gilt and with a large central panel of tree calf, spine with raised bands with gilt bead roll, green morocco labels in second and fifth compartments, others gilt panelled with bead and rope rolls, and containing a variety of fleuron, star, wheel, bird, and sunburst tools, green stained edges.
Provenance: McKenzie (Irish bookseller's label on the front bookplate)
An exceptionally fine copy of Guthrie's Geography in a contemporary binding by the celebrated Irish binder William McKenzie.
William McKenzie was apprenticed to bookbinder William Gilbert, and became free in 1780. Three years later he married Sarah Hallhead, the widow of bookseller and binder William Hallhead. Between 1783 and 1795 McKenzie was advertising himself as 'Bookseller & Stationer to the University', and according to Maggs Bookbinding Catalogue 1212, Part II, 167: "Some of the best of his bindings are signed with a white paper printed label" (as here). Guthrie's famed geography includes finely engraved maps by Thomas Kitchin, John Barber and others. Included are maps of the world, the Europe and its various countries and regions, Asia, the East Indies, North America, the United States, West Indies, etc.