Catalog Archive
Auction 156, Lot 283

"A New and Accurate Map of the Present Seat of War in North America, Comprehending New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pensylvania, New-York &c.", Anon.

Subject: New Jersey

Period: 1777 (published)

Publication: Universal Magazine

Color: Hand Color

11.3 x 14.3 inches
28.7 x 36.3 cm

This fascinating Revolutionary War map focuses on New Jersey, a pivotal state for many major battles. The map was published in the June 1777 issue of Universal Magazine, just months after battles at Trenton and Princeton. Somerset Court House (now Millstone) is also shown along the Milton River. Morristown, a strategic encampment site for the Continental Army during the winter of 1777 does not appear on the map, although the area north of White Plains, New York is labeled as "American winter quarters." Dashed lines depict the boundary between East and West New Jersey, as well as three boundary lines between New Jersey and New York based on what was "contended in favor of the crown," the jurisdiction based on the previous 50 years, and the line "as settled by the in 1766." The map includes Philadelphia, Manhattan, and Long Island. Early roads, towns, and county lines are also depicted. An uncommon map.

References: Jolly #UNIV-178; Sellers & Van Ee #1050 & 1241.

Condition: B+

Issued folding, now flattened, on watermarked paper with minor offsetting and soiling. A binding trim at bottom has bee replaced with old paper, and an associated 1.5" binding tear has been archivally repaired.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $275

Closed on 2/17/2016