Butler's Elementary Geography by Jacques Wardlaw Redway

Butler's Elementary Geography by Jacques Wardlaw Redway

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Butler’s Elementary Geography is a textbook from Butler’s Geographical Series. This is a richly illustrated review of all the continents, with an emphasis on North America and the United States. It contains a special section in the back with relief and political maps of Pennsylvania. The book was designed for use in the public schools of Reading, Pennsylvania, according to the label on the inside front cover.
Jacques Wardlaw Redway was an early American geographer and author of text books. He emigrated from Tennessee to the American West and worked in mining and engineering from 1870-1881. He studied chemistry at the University of California, where he became an instructor. Redway traveled widely in South America, Europe, Asia, and Northern Africa and conducted extensive geographical research. In 1898, he became a lecturer on geography and the political economy at the University of the State of New York. In addition to Butler’s Elementary Geography (1888), he authored other books including A Commercial Geography (1902) and Stories in New York History (1903).
E.H. Butler & Company was a successful publishing firm based in Philadelphia. It was founded in 1846 by Elijah Hunt Butler. Upon his death in 1868, the firm was managed by his son, Edgar Hunt Butler. In 1898, there was a merger of E.H. Butler & Company and E.B. Sheldon & Company, resulting in the formation of the publishing house of Butler, Sheldon & Company. This firm was acquired by the American Book Company in 1903.
Sherman & Co. was a Philadelphia printer established in 1855 as C. Sherman, Son & Co. In 1865, the name was changed to Sherman & Co.
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United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
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overall: 10 1/2 in x 8 in x 1/2 in; 26.67 cm x 20.32 cm x 1.27 cm
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Gift of Dr. Richard Lodish American School Collection
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