An Essential Map of Virginia and Maryland
"Carte de la Virginie et du Maryland Dressee sur la Grande Carte Angloise de Mrs. Josue Fry et Pierre Jefferson…", Robert de Vaugondy, Didier
Subject: Colonial Mid-Atlantic
Period: 1755 (dated)
Publication: Atlas Universel
Color: Hand Color
25.5 x 19.2 inches
64.8 x 48.8 cm
This handsome map is the first state of Didier Robert de Vaugondy's edition of the Fry-Jefferson map that was published in London by Thomas Jeffreys in the same year (A Map of the most Inhabited part of Virginia). It details the region from Cape May in New Jersey to the Currituck Inlet and inland with finely engraved details of the interior regions of Virginia, the ridges and valleys of the Appalachians, and the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays. The locations of native camps and wagon roads are noted as well. Delaware is labeled as De La War Counties. Peter Jefferson was Thomas Jefferson's father, and Joshua Fry was a commander in the colonial militia during the French and Indian War. Due to the rarity and high value of the English version of the Fry-Jefferson map, this French version is the earliest obtainable map to accurately depict the interior of Virginia beyond the Tidewater, and is an essential map for the Virginia map collection.
References: cf Cumming (SE) #281; Pedley #470; Phillips, (VA) pp. 49.
Original outline color with rough edges to the wide margins, not affecting map.