Auction 137, Lot 340

"[American Revolution, Battle of Long Island]", Pownall, Thomas

Subject: Colonial New York

Period: 1776 (dated)


Color: Black & White

5.5 x 3.8 inches
14 x 9.7 cm

This is a woodcut map which was a portion of the November 1, 1776 issue of the Drewry's Derby Mercury, a 4 page newspaper. It shows the buildup of the British troops on Long Island as it prepared to engage the Continental Army. Above the map is the statement "As many of the Readers of this Paper may not have MAPS, and must therefore be unacquainted with the Situation of the Army on LONG ISLAND, and it Contiguity to the TOWN and ISLAND of NEW YORK, we here present them with a MAP of those Places, copied from Pownall's Map, with which we have been obligingly favoured by Mr. GREGORY of Leicester." Below the map is an index to 27 reference points.

The Battle of Long Island, the first large battle of the American Revolution, took place at the end of August and this map was in print in Great Britain two months later.


Condition: A

The map is in very good condition given the age and type of paper. The newspaper has a few stains and tattered edges, as to be expected.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $100

Closed on 9/14/2011