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Auction 147, Lot 229

"A Map of the Eastern Part of the Province of New York; with Part of New Jersey, &c. Drawn from the Best Authorities", Kitchin, Thomas

Subject: Colonial New York

Period: 1756 (dated)

Publication: London Magazine

Color: Black & White

8.6 x 6.7 inches
21.8 x 17 cm
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Interesting, small map depicting the main theater of the French and Indian War during the first year of the conflict. The region depicted includes the Hudson River valley, north to Lake Champlain, including Forts Ticonderoga and Frederick. Also shown are the Mohawk River and the waterways from the upper Hudson to Lake Ontario. The western parts of the New England states are shown, as is northern New Jersey, and northeastern Pennsylvania. The border between New York and Pennsylvania is shown considerably north of the present-day boundary. A note states that Pensilvania is not yet settled with much of the region labeled the Endless Mountains. Indian tribal and hunting lands are noted, as well as roads and Trading Paths. Inset is a tiny plan of Fort Frederick at Crown Point built by the French in 1731, with its own tiny compass rose and scale of feet. This important French fort had been captured by the British the previous year. Decorative landscape cartouche and delicate compass rose embellish the map. A historically important map.

References: Jolly #LOND-109; Sellers & Van Ee #1038.

Condition: A

A sharp impression on watermarked paper, issued folding, now pressed flat, with fold separations that have been closed on verso with Japanese tissue. There is faint offsetting from an opposing page of text on the far left.

Estimate: $375 - $475

Sold for: $400

Closed on 11/20/2013