Auction 148, Lot 304

"A Map of Pennsylvania Delaware New Jersey & Maryland, with the Parts Adjacent [with 2 volumes] The History of Pennsylvania, in North America...", Thackara, James

Subject: Pennsylvania

Period: 1797-98 (published)

Publication: The History of Pennsylvania

Color: Black & White

14.3 x 12.3 inches
36.3 x 31.2 cm

This rare map covers an area from southern New York to Central Virginia and displays rudimentary topographical detail of the Allegheny Mountains and Chesapeake Bay as well as towns, settlements, roads and rivers. Delaware is also labeled as Territories of Pennsylvania. A simple compass rose adorns the Atlantic Ocean. The map was issued in Robert Proud's two volume The History of Pennsylvania.

Robert Proud was born in Yorkshire, England and moved to Philadelphia in 1759. He started his career there as a school teacher but later went into seclusion to write on various subjects. Proud was a staunch Loyalist and his beliefs came through in his writings. Even his most famous work, The History of Pennsylvania, was widely considered unsuccessful and not widely distributed due to its loyalist bias at a time of great American pride and enthusiasm. 1025 pp. of text including a preface (16 pp.), introduction (149 pp.), main text (694 pp.), appendix (146 pp.) and index (20 pp.). Includes a frontispiece of William Penn in Volume I. Octavo, rebound in red buckram with gilt title on spine.

References: Wheat & Brun #312.

Condition: B

The map is issued folding (loose) with light offsetting and toning. There is a binding trim at right and an associated tiny binding tear confined to the blank margin that is closed on verso with archival tape. Contents are very good with light toning and the new binding is pristine.

Estimate: $500 - $650

Sold for: $375

Closed on 2/19/2014