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Auction 143, Lot 269

"[Lot of 2] A North View of Fort Frederic or Crown Point [and] A Map of the Country Between Crown Point and Fort Edward",

Subject: Colonial New York

Period: 1759-60 (published)


Color: Black & White

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A. A North View of Fort Frederic or Crown Point, from The Royal Magazine, (9.1 x 6.8"). Bird's-eye view of the fort with Union Jack flying aloft. The French Fort Frederic, built in the 1730's, had been a thorn in the British side since its inception. During the French and Indian War the British attempted five times to capture the fort and expel the French from the region. General Amherst finally succeeded in 1759 and this view was published to illustrate that triumph to the British public. Engraved by Proud. Accompanied by the complete issue of the Royal Magazine from January, 1760 which includes an additional engraving of a blue-winged dove. Condition: Light toning along the fold with some marginal dampstaining along the left neatline and some isolated foxing. (B)

B. A Map of the Country Between Crown Point and Fort Edward, from The Gentleman's Magazine, (4.5 x 7.4"). This map depicts the area surrounding Lake George, along the northeastern border of New York state, extending up to Lake Champlain. Several forts are shown, including Fort Ticonderoga, along with a very good path east & west next to the drown'd lands. One of the trails is labeled Dieskau's Path referring to the route taken by French and Indian forces under the command of German Baron Ludwig August Dieskau and British and Colonial troops under Sir William Johnson that resulted in a series of skirmishes and engagements known collectively as The Battle of Lake George. This battle was the first significant win against the French forces by British Provincials. The map is bound in the May 1759 Gentleman's Magazine. Condition: Light toning. (B+)

References: Jolly ROYMAG-8.; Jolly (GENT) #129.


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Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $180

Closed on 2/13/2013