Auction 140, Lot 117

Thomas Jefferys' Important Revolutionary War Period Map

"The Provinces of New York, and New Jersey; with Part of Pensilvania, and the Province of Quebec. Drawn by Major Holland…", Sayer & Bennett

Subject: Colonial Northeast and Quebec

Period: 1776 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

20.5 x 53 inches
52.1 x 134.6 cm

This is Thomas Jefferys' two-sheet map based on the surveys of Major Samuel Holland and Governor Thomas Pownall, published by Sayer & Bennett. Holland originally conducted the surveys to settle a boundary dispute between New York and New Jersey and later as Surveyor for the Northern District for the Board of Trade. These surveys provided the British with essential information for the conduct of the military campaigns in the Revolutionary War.

The map covers the region from Lac St. Pierre in the Province of Quebec to Maryland and Delaware showing the important trade corridor between New York and Montreal. It includes incredible detail of the individual landowners, roads, forts and mills. Three insets are featured at top: "A Chart of the Mouth of the Hudson River from Sandy Hook to New York," "A Plan of the City of New York," and "Plan of Amboy with its Environs." The northern portion of New York is marked Beaver Hunting Country of the Confederate Indians, and New Jersey is split into East and West. The pictorial cartouche features a beautiful view of the Hudson River. In the sea off Sandy Hook is a note reading "For description of this Country, from Sandy-Hook to Montreal, see Govr. Pownall's Topograpl. Descn. p. 9-14." Two sheets joined.

References: Goss #69; McCorkle #768.3; Sellers & Van Ee, #1045; Stevens & Tree (MCC-39) #44e.

Condition: B

Original color with light toning along folds and minor soiling. There are some areas of paper loss along sheet edges that have been expertly repaired, with small areas of map border in facsimile and minute loss of map image in a few spots. A few small holes have also been professionally repaired, with minute loss of image east of Coughsaghrage.

Estimate: $5,500 - $6,500


Closed on 5/23/2012