"[Lot of 2] The World, with the Latest Discoveries, from the Best Authorities [and] The World",
Period: 1775-97 (circa)
A. The World, with the Latest Discoveries, from the Best Authorities, by John Lodge, circa 1775, black & white (19.9 x 10.9"). An attractive double-hemispheric map of the world. It depicts Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia extending to the Mississippi River, and Florida is divided into East and West. Alaska has an indistinct coastline that extends nearly to Kamchatka with Mt. St. John near the end. A series of rivers and lakes, including a River of the West, are nearly connected from Hudson Bay to the Pacific Ocean, eluding to a possible Northwest Passage. Tasmania is still shown connected to mainland Australia, and the tracks of Cook's first voyage (incorrectly dated 1760) and Anson's voyage around the world are shown throughout the oceans. In the cusp above the map is a smaller hemispheric map featuring the North Polar regions above 50 degrees. Decorated by a rococo-style title cartouche. The map was published in both William Russell's The History of America... in 1778 and John Carver's The New Universal Traveller in 1779. Condition: There is faint offsetting, faint scattered foxing, and a short fold separation that has been archivally repaired on verso.
B. The World, by Cruttwell/Kearsley, dated 1797, hand color (17.8 x 10.0"). Another double-hemisphere world map issued approximately 20 years later. Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia extend to the Mississippi River with French Louisiana and Spanish New Mexico to their west. A notation along the western coast of North America indicates that the "West R discovered 1603." Tasmania is still connected to Australia and the coastline of New Guinea is incomplete. The oceans are absolutely filled with explorer tracks including those of Cook, Anson, Bougainville and Wallis. Engraved by Samuel Neele. Condition: There is light offsetting and an edge tear at right that extends 1" into the image that has been closed on verso with archival tape.
References: McGuirk #173.
Issued folding. See description above.