Thomas Keith. A New Treatise on the Use of the Globes; or, A Philosophical View of the Earth and Heavens . . . Designed for the Instruction of Youth. Small quarto. Pp. [i]-xvi, 1-34. Five engraved plates by John Scoles. Complete according to “Contents.” New York: Whiting & Watson and Samuel Wood & Sons, 1815. “Second American Edition.” Text has browning, but most readable. Upper right corner of first two leaves replaced where ownership signatures were cut out. Plates with spotting at top. Original half leather with gold stamped spine. Rehinged. Ex libris with stamp on title page and withdrawal stamp on verso of title page. Overall attractive. A scarce and early edition.
“Keith on Globes” for half a century was the most often printed book on the subject. Directions for use include both terrestrial and celestial globes along with considerations about contemporary geography studies. The Americans have taken the text, including the prefaces from the London edition. An excellent study with five engraved plates as illustration.