Dictionary of Geography, Descriptive, Physical, Statistical and Historical Forming a complete General Gazetteer of the World.
Edition: First Edition
London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1850. First edition. Original blind stamped green cloth, with gilt titles to the spine. Decorative end papers with adverts for Longman's geographical works. Despite the size and nature of this tome - there is not a map or illustration in sight! Overall, in good condition. There is a gift inscription from the author to Sir William Johnston, Lord Provost of Edinburgh (his brother) to the front end paper. The green cloth is a little rubbed to the edges, with slight nicking at the corners of the boards. There is particularly rubbing to the edges of the spine, where the cloth is starting to split (although the boards are holding perfectly well behind this). Internally clean and tidy, with just a little darkening. 1432, 32 pp.
This copy has a unique association, being from the author to his own brother. Alexander Keith was an eminent Scottish geographer and, with his brother, formed the cartographical firm of W. and A. K. Johnston. Perhaps they didn't get on terribly well, as in 1855, Sir William gifted this book on to a Mr. James Pearson.