Auction 124, Lot 265

"A Map of the Eastern Part of the Province of New York with Part of New Jersey, &c. Drawn from the best Authorities", Kitchin, Thomas

Subject: Colonial Mid-Atlantic

Period: 1756 (dated)

Publication: London Magazine

Color: Black & White

8.5 x 6.5 inches
21.6 x 16.5 cm

Interesting, small map depicting the main theater of the French and Indian War during the first year of the conflict. The region depicted includes the Hudson River valley, north to Lake Champlain, including Forts Ticonderoga and Frederick. Also shown are the Mohawk River and the waterways from the upper Hudson to Lake Ontario. The western parts of the New England states are shown, as is northern New Jersey, and northeastern Pennsylvania. The border between New York and Pennsylvania is shown considerably north of the present-day boundary. A note states that Pensilvania is not yet settled with much of the region labeled the Endless Mountains. Indian tribal and hunting lands are noted, as well as roads and Trading Paths. Inset is a tiny plan of Fort Frederick at Crown Point built by the French in 1731, with its own tiny compass rose and scale of feet. This important French fort had been captured by the British the previous year. Decorative landscape cartouche and delicate compass rose embellish the map. A historically important map.

References: Jolly-LOND #109; Sellers & Van Ee #1038.

Condition: B+

Issued folding, now pressed. The left fold is slightly more toned, and some short fold splits have been closed on verso with old paper repairs. There is a 1" x 1/2" piece of lower margin missing that is also repaired with old paper on verso. Despite the condition description this map looks very good.

Estimate: $250 - $350

Sold for: $400

Closed on 5/7/2008