- Los Angeles: Cotsen Occasional Press, 1999.
- 9 x 7.5 (landscape)
- 40 pages
- ISBN: 0966608429
- ISBN: 9780966608427
Price: $20.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 130135
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", 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. The discovery of an extraordinary set of five of John Spilsbury's dissected puzzles, and its acquisition by the Cotsen Children's Library has provided a valuable opportunity to reassess Spilsbury's intention and the place of dissected puzzles and other geographical pastimes in the history of education in eighteenth-century Britain. This study of the context in which these puzzles first appeared reveals the extent of the links between the childrens book and map trades in 18th-century London, and sheds new light on the history of progressive British education during that time.
"[A] well-documented discussion of (for many readers) an unfamiliar form of publication." T. H. Howard-Hill, University of South Carolina, Editor, The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America.