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Auction 190, Lot 19


"[Lot of 2] Chart of the World on Mercator's Projection [and] Artificial Sphere [on sheet with] Copernican System", Morse, Jedidiah (Rev.)

Subject: World & Armillary Sphere

Period: 1796 (circa)

Publication: The American Universal Geography

Color: Black & White

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A. Chart of the World on Mercators Projection, (9.9 x 7.2"). This map was Morse's second chart of the world. The United States appears to the east of the Mississippi with a few key cities identified, while the areas to the west of the Mississippi are labeled as Louisiana and New Mexico. A West R. runs from the center of North America to Nootka Sound. Numerous Indian tribes are located in present-day Alaska, and the Bering Strait is identified. Canada and Greenland's northern boundaries are left vague. A note in Hawaii marks the spot where Captain Cook was killed. New Guinea is depicted with an incomplete border, and Van Diemens Land is attached to the mainland of New Holland. Published by Thomas & Andrews, Boston and engraved by Amos Doolittle.

B. Artificial Sphere [on sheet with] Copernican System, (4.1 x 7.4"). This engraving includes an armillary sphere and a chart of the Copernican theory of the solar system.

References: McCorkle (18th C. Geography Books) #304-17; Wheat & Brun #31.

Condition: B+

Both have light impressions with minor soiling. The world map is issued folding and has light toning at left, minor extraneous creasing, and is trimmed close to neatline at top.

Estimate: $90 - $110

Sold for: $75

Closed on 11/16/2022