1791.026: Topographical Analysis of the Commonwealth of Virginia (B).

Published: 1791

Full Title: A topographical analysis of the Common-wealth of Virginia: compiled for 1790—1. Shewing the extent, and relative situation of the several counties, their . . . population, force, county lieutenants, representatives ... To be continued annually.

Author: Tatham, William (1752-1819).

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Thomas Nicolson

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 19 cm. x 22 cm. (broadside).


Sheet lacks printer credit; Hummel records this title as a smaller version of a broadside with the same text seen in the header above (1791.025), but with an extensive table of mileage figures; this was likely a solicitation for subscribers to Tatham's proposed, more expansive circular in subsequent years; however, such an annual was only issued in 1791, and this imprint is now apparently lost. The imptint on that larger imprint reads "Printed by Thomas Nicolson exclusive printer for the author at that place," indicating Nicolson's involvement in Tatham's ongoing, unrealized publishing ventures, so suggesting the attribution here. Tatham had been appointed the state geographer in 1789; in September 1790, he proposed publishing a map of the southern United States (see prospectus: 1790.020), but failed to find sufficient subscribers to finish the project. After the annual circular letter project that this title represents, Tatham convinced the Assembly in December 1791 to authorize a lottery to provide him with support for further research, but that too failed to yield any publications.

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