Auction 171, Lot 164

"A Map of the Colony of Rhode Island: with the Adjacent Part of Connecticut, Massachusetts Bay. &c.", Kitchin, Thomas

Subject: Colonial New England United States

Period: 1778 (dated)

Publication: London Magazine

Color: Hand Color

9.4 x 7.1 inches
23.9 x 18 cm

An uncommon, small map of Rhode Island extending north to Boston and Boston Harbor, and south to Long Island, New York. Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Island are depicted, along with the roads, towns and rivers in the region. The map illustrates a major theater in the war for American independence following France’s recognition of the United States. American and British forces had been at a standoff at Newport since the beginning of the war. News of the French involvement rallied support for the cause, and militia began streaming into Rhode Island from the adjacent colonies. Several small conflicts culminated in the Siege and Battle of Rhode Island on August 29, 1778. The map is adorned with a decorative title cartouche and compass rose. Published in the November 1778 edition of London Magazine.

References: Jolly #LOND-327; Sellers & Van Ee #825.

Condition: A

Issued folding.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $190

Closed on 2/6/2019