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Publisher: BARKER, William.
Title: Geography A Map of the World in three Sections, Describing the Polar Regions to the Tropic's. . .
Published in: Philadelphia, 1793
   
Size: 8.7 x 16.5 inches.
22.0 x 42.0 cm.
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Coloured.
Condition: In very good condition, multi-folds as issued, left margin very slightly cropped.
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This three part world map featured in the first American edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, published by Thomas Dobson in Philadelphia from 1789 to 1798. It shows the world divided in three: the North and South Pole on Polar projections, along with a projection of the Torrid of Tropical regions along the bottom. A multi-part projection like this is rare, as is a map from the American edition.

The South Pole projection is seen on the left, showing the region radiating around the pole to the Tropic of Capricorn. The tips of both South America and Africa just project out from the rim, while New Holland and New Zealand are also named.
At the very centre of the projection, however, there is nothing except for the criss-crossing tracks of ships, those of the Resolution and Adventure. In the middle of the ships' transits is only a "Southern Icy Ocean."

The North Pole projection is dominated much more by land, with a large portion of North America, Europe, and Asia showing, along with North Africa. However, like the South, the pole itself is covered only with a "Northern Icy Ocean".
Running beneath is a projection showing the latitudes missing from the polar projections, the "Torrid Zone or Tropical Regions of the World". The Pacific Ocean is placed rather unusually at the centre, perhaps better to highlight the "New discoveries in the Pacific Ocean or South Sea." The map's purpose is to show the achievements of recent exploration.
Reference: Robert D. Arner, Dobson's Encyclopaedia: The Publisher, Text, and Publication of America's First Britannica, 1789-1803 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991)



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