Neatly Dissected: For the Instruction of Young Ladies and Gentlemen in the Knowledge of Geography


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by Jill Shefrin. Published by Cotsen Occasional Press, Los Angeles, 1999. First Edition. Oblong quarto. Brown cloth. 40pp. Illustrated. Fine.

John Spilsbury, who styled himself an “Engraver and Map Dissector in Wood, in Order to Facilitate the Teaching of Geography,” is credited with the invention of “dissected maps” or “puzzle-maps”, hand-colored maps, printed from copper plates, which were mounted on thin sheets of mahogany and cut into pieces according to the political borders of the region mapped.