|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Published||Publish'd as the Acts directs by C. Cooke, No. 17 Paternoster Row. Lodge sc. [London, c.1789]|
|Dimensions||360 x 190 mm|
A double hemisphere constellation map, from the New Royal Encyclopaedia, or, Complete Modern Universal Dictionary of Arts & Sciences. The hemispheres are centred on the Arctic and Antarctic Circles respectively, with the constellations of the northern hemisphere at top and the southern hemisphere below. The constellations are shown pictorially, and labelled, with the zodiac signs in capitals.
John Lodge (fl. 1754-1796) was a British print and mapmaker, trained by Thomas Jefferys (c.1719-1771) and active in London. He worked almost exclusively on commissions, producing individual maps for a variety of historical and geographical books, travel accounts, as well as magazines and periodicals. His maps are clear and finely engraved, with subtle decorations. He is not to be confused with his son, John Lodge the younger, who would become a printmaker in his own right, after studying with his father in 1785.
Condition: Trimmed to platemark at top as issued. Minor creasing, chips, and tears to margins, not affecting image. Blank on verso.