White, George; Statistics of the State of Georgia: Including an Account of Its Natural, Civil, and Ecclesiastical History; Together with a Particular Description of Each County…and a Correct Map of the State. Savannah, W. Thorne Williams, 1849. Quarto, pp. 624, 77, folded hand colored map titled: Map of the State of Georgia with the addition of it’s Geological Features.
The work is complete and in a contemporary half calf with marbled boards, raised spine bands, gilt titles, marbled end sheets, and marbled text block edges. The binding is tight and clean, text and map are both clean and bright with very minor light foxing to some pages. Ornate book plate of the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, 1916 on front paste down. In very good condition.
George White (1802 – 1887) was an Episcopalian preacher, amateur historian, and archaeologist in Georgia. His above work is an accurate and detailed description of Georgia’s natural resources, mineral deposits and flora and fauna. He provides a detailed description of each county in the state and includes details on the population of the state. The text concentrates on descriptions of each of the counties. The DeKalb county text contains one of the earliest mentions and brief descriptions of Atlanta which had been founded only two years earlier. The large folded map is a variation of the Bonner map of Georgia and has been redesigned and issued as a geological map for this work. The map contains nine colors showing the geological formations and mineral deposits as well as locations of known “Megatherium and Mastodon” sites.