Catalog Archive
Auction 151, Lot 156

"A Chart of Delaware Bay and River, from the Original by Mr. Fisher of Philadelphia. 1776.", Anon.

Subject: Colonial Mid-Atlantic United States

Period: 1779 (published)

Publication: Gentleman's Magazine

Color: Hand Color

9.2 x 7.2 inches
23.4 x 18.3 cm

This Revolutionary War map was based on the chart Joshua Fisher made of Delaware Bay in 1756 and expanded upon in 1776. The Fisher map was the most important map of the bay and river in the eighteenth century. This map was derived from the 1776 edition, and was published with an article updating the British public on the war in the colonies. It shows the bay and beyond to Philadelphia and is filled with place names and the location of many hazards to navigation along the waterway. Locates Cape May, Turtle Gut Inlet, Cape James, Egg Island, Salem, and much more. Two distance scales and the direction rose with fleur-de-lis orients north to the right. Published in the July, 1779 issue of the Gentleman's Magazine.

References: Jolly #GENT-268; Sellers & Van Ee #1372.

Condition: A

Issued folding with faint offsetting.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $130

Closed on 11/19/2014