Auction 129, Lot 203

"A Map of the Country round Philadelphia including Part of New Jersey, New York, Staten Island & Long Island", Scots Magazine

Subject: Colonial Mid-Atlantic

Period: 1776 (dated)


Color: Black & White

9 x 7 inches
22.9 x 17.8 cm

This Revolutionary Warperiod map encompasses the area of Eastern Pennsylvania through Long Island and south to include Chesapeake Bay. The map was issued to illustrate the British Army's objective of defeating Gen. Washington at Long Island and then to march to Philadelphia and put a quick end to the conflict. It is centered on Philadelphia, includes most of New Jersey, Delaware, Long Island, southwest Pennsylvania, northern Chesapeake Bay and the greater New York City area. The southern New Jersey coast is labeled Sandy Barren Deserts. The map is filled with interesting features including Indian villages, towns and cities, ferries, and roads (including the distances between towns). Adorned with a simple compass rose. This copper plate was engraved by D. Lizars. This is the uncommon issue created for the Scots Magazine, published from Edinburgh as opposed to the more common issue published the same month in the London-based Gentleman's Magazine. The map carries the imprint "Scots Mag: Sept. 1776" in the upper neatline.

References: Jolly SCOT-45; cf Sellers and Van Ee #1041.

Condition: A

Folding as issued. Good impression on hand laid paper with a huge circular watermark. There is a minor crease, still very good.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $210

Closed on 9/23/2009