Auction 149, Lot 486

"The Seven United Provinces, with the Austrian, French, and Dutch Netherlands", Jefferys, Thomas

Subject: Low Countries

Period: 1760 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

7.1 x 7.2 inches
18 x 18.3 cm

Thomas Jefferys was one of the most important English map publishers of the 18th century. His work included prints and maps of locations around the world, but his most notable maps are of North America and the West Indies. He began his career in the map trade in the early 1730s, working as an engraver for a variety of London publishers, and eventually setting up his own shop. In 1746, he was appointed Geographer to the Prince of Wales, and in 1760 he became Geographer to the King. These titles granted access to manuscripts and cartographic information held by the government. In the early 1760s he embarked on an ambitious project to produce a series of English county maps based on new surveys, but ran out of money and filed for bankruptcy in 1766. He then partnered with London publisher Robert Sayer, who reissued many of Jefferys plates and continued to issue new editions after Jefferys' death in 1771. Jefferys' American Atlas and the accompanying West-India Atlas, published post posthumously, are considered his most important cartographic works.

This excellent small map of the Low Countries extends to show parts of Germany and France, which are left largely unengraved. Many cities are shown, including Amsterdam, Utrecht, the Hague, Antwerp, and Brussels, as are several provinces, rivers, and roads. A decorative title cartouche and enclosed distance scale adorn the top left corner of the map.


Condition: A

Issued folding with some minor offsetting from an opposing page of text.

Estimate: $75 - $95

Sold for: $55

Closed on 5/21/2014