Conversations for Children on Land and Water - Jane Haldimand Marcet 1839 - Longman, London - Second Edition, Revised and Corrected An amusing and rather scarce little book, helping children to understand geography by presenting the chapters as a form of conversation between a teacher and her two students. There is a coloured foldout map to the front showing the heights of mountains around the world. The conversations range from Rivers, Mountains and Seas to Volcanoes, Coral, Steam and Deserts.   Marcet (1769-1858) wrote a number of elementary books of instruction, especially science, and is best know for ‘Conversations on Chemistry’. Born in London to wealthy Swiss parents, her Conversations were the early nineteenth-century's best known introductory science texts for women and young people, widely used in English and American schools.

pp. [2] viii 248 [2]
  Bound in dark calf over marbled boards, with spine in five compartments, decorated and titled in gilt.   Condition: Very good, interior clean, map bright, binding strong with a little rubbing and cracking to spine edges. Neat dedication to ‘Mary Anne Farquhar’   Ref: 103426   Price: HK$ 800