Very Good. Item #6202
London: G. Robinson, 1779. First Edition. Folio; vi + 668pp + unpaginated 6-page index. Fifty-six engravings: 1 allegorical frontis.; 18 maps; 7 views; 30 anthropological images. Half calf with gray-green marbled boards. Raised bands with gilt rules on spine; crimson spine title label with gilt lettering. All text block edges stained blue. [Sabin 11183; Bohn's Lowndes Vol I, p. 383: "This compilation the widow of Captain Carver denied to be the work of her husband."]
Front hinge and joint cracked but held by robust original bands. Leather flaking at both joints; some scuffing to panel corners and edges. Text unmarred and unmarked; all engravings present; very little foxing.
Maps whole, clean, without tears; past misfolds now corrected. Preliminary tri-fold map, engraved by John Lodge, shows world in three hemispheres: east, west, and (smaller) north polar cap. All maps, views, and costume images engraved and printed with exceptional crispness. Views of cities remarkably detailed. Costume images have anthropological captions.
Mrs. Carver's dismissal, cited in both Bohn's Lowndes and Sabin, appears to be true: this volume's Preface makes no mention of Carver, implies aggregated source material, and refers to the book with the alternate title of "The General Modern Traveller." Its scope is certainly far beyond the well-documented journeys of American traveler Carver. Properly or improperly ascribed to him, however, the volume is a fascinating conspectus of how the world looked to an educated Anglo-American reader in 1779.