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Sold in 2015
Page 37/38 from Sidney E. Morse's: System of Geography for the use of schools , published by Harper and brothers, 329 Pearl Street, New York.
An almost 150 years old map with accompanying questions and exerciser relating to the map.
Descriptive text on both pages on Texas, California and Mexico. The map is an early example of cerography, or wax engraving. Sidney Morse and Samuel Breese invented cerography, which they began using in 1839. Morse tried to keep the process secret, but it became widely used in mapmaking, especially after Rand, McNally used wax engraving in 1872. Wax engraving remained an important map printing technique until the mid-twentieth century.
See Woodward, David, The All-American Map: Wax Engraving and Its Influence on Cartography (Chicago, 1977).
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