A New System Of Modern Geography

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by William Guthrie

William Guthrie (1708?–1770) was a historian and political journalist originally from Forfarshire in Scotland. His formal education occurred at King’s College, Aberdeen.[1] Considered one of the "Bibliographic Dinosaurs of Georgian Geography”, he wrote for “a general public interested in the new learning and world-wide commerce."[2]

Guthrie’s most successful work is his Geographical, Historical, and Commercial Grammar (1770). This work saw several later editions (rather than revisions) and was eventually translated into French. In the 1st American ed., the other author included on the by line was John Knox (b. 1720, d. 1790) .[3] The 1st American ed. of A New System of Modern Geography was printed in Philadelphia, for Matthew Carey after Guthrie’s death in 1794.

Bibliographic Information

Author: William Guthrie

Title: A New System Of Modern Geography: Or, A Geographical, Historical, And Commercial Grammar, And Present State Of The Several Nations Of The World

Published: Philadelphia: Printed for Mathew Carey, 1794-1795.


Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in contemporary American tree sheep with the smooth spines gilt-ruled in six compartments. Red morocco lettering-piece in the second, small green morocco numbering-piece in the fourth.

View this book in William & Mary's online catalog.

External Links

Google Books


  1. David Allan, [http://www.oxforddnb.com.proxy.wm.edu/view/article/11792 Guthrie, William (1708?–1770)" in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004- ), accessed 24 Oct 2013.
  2. Alan Downes, "The Bibliographic Dinosaurs of Georgian Geography (1714-1830)," The Geographical Journal 137, No. 3 (Sep., 1971), 383, accessed October 11, 2013.
  3. Ibid.