Auction 137, Lot 209

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: 1793 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

25.5 x 19.3 inches
64.8 x 49 cm

This handsome map is the fifth 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.

Condition: B+

Nice example. There are a few small tears in the lower blank margin and the bottom centerfold has a small separation that just passes the neat line. Light soiling primarily in the blank margins.

Estimate: $3,000 - $3,750

Sold for: $2,200

Closed on 9/14/2011