Sayer, Robert and Bennett, John
1776

A General Map of the Northern British Colonies in America

A General Map of the Northern British Colonies in America, which comprehends the Province of Quebec, the Government of Newfoundland, Nova-Scotia, New-England and New-York. from the Maps Published by the Admiralty and Board of Trade, Regulated by the Astronomic and Trigonometric Observations of Major Holland, and Corrected from Governor Pownall's Late Map.

DESCRIPTION: Scarce antique map of the British colonies in North America during the Revolutionary War. Dated August 14, 1776. Coverage includes Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, and the provinces of what is now Canada. Notes locations of American Indian tribes.

This map has been referred to as the "Beaver map" because of a prominent beaver in the title cartouche as well as some text related to a then unexplored portion of upstate New York:
"This vast tract of land which is the Antient Couchcachrage one of the four beaver hunting countries of the six nations is not yet surveyed."

At very top is a second title: "The seat of war in the Northern Colonies containing the province of Quebec, Newfoundland, Nova-Scotia, New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvan ia, etc".

This map was originally one of six maps published by Sayer and Bennet in "The American Military Pocket Atlas; Being An Approved Collection of Correct Maps, Both General and Particular, of The British Colonies". David Rumsey notes that this is one of three maps in the atlas that were important to the mapping of the American Revolution. As Rumsey explains:
"Nicknamed the 'Holster Atlas' because it was made for the use of British army officers. All maps in outline color, folded and bound into book with paper covered boards and quarter leather with "American Pocket Atlas" stamped in gilt on the spine."

Watermarked with a shield containing a fleur de lis surmounted with a crown: at the bottom is "GR". Bottom attribution reads: London, Printed for Robert Sayer and John Bennett, Map and Seachart sellers No 53 Fleet Street, as the act directs, 14th Aug. 1776.,

CREATOR: Sayer, Robert and Bennett, John

PUBLICATION DATE: 1776

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: United States

BODY OF WATER: Atlantic Ocean

CONDITION: Fair.  Lined for strength with a full sheet of Japanese kozo tissue. Small brown stain at extreme bottom margin, outside the neatline. Short margins on sides.

COLORING: Old outline color.

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SIZE: 26 " x 20 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 200

PRICE: $1750

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