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Auction 174, Lot 116

Thomas Jefferys' Important Revolutionary War Period Map

"The Provinces of New York, and New Jersey; with Part of Pensilvania, and the Province of Quebec...", Holland/Pownal

Subject: Colonial Northeastern United States & Quebec

Period: 1776 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

21.5 x 53.3 inches
54.6 x 135.4 cm
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This is Thomas Jefferys' two-sheet map based on the surveys of Major Samuel Holland and Governor Thomas Pownall, published by Sayer & Bennett. Holland originally conducted the surveys to settle a boundary dispute between New York and New Jersey and later as Surveyor for the Northern District for the Board of Trade. These surveys provided the British with essential information for the conduct of the military campaigns in the Revolutionary War.

The map covers the region from Lac St. Pierre in the Province of Quebec to Maryland and Delaware showing the important trade corridor between New York and Montreal. It includes incredible detail of the individual landowners, roads, forts and mills. Three insets are featured at top: "A Chart of the Mouth of the Hudson River from Sandy Hook to New York," "A Plan of the City of New York," and "Plan of Amboy with its Environs." The northern portion of New York is marked Beaver Hunting Country of the Confederate Indians, and New Jersey is split into East and West. The pictorial cartouche features a beautiful view of the Hudson River. In the sea off Sandy Hook is a note reading "For description of this Country, from Sandy-Hook to Montreal, see Govr. Pownall's Topograpl. Descn. p. 9-14." On two joined sheets that have been dissected and backed with linen.

References: Goss #69; McCorkle #768.3; Sellers & Van Ee, #1045; Stevens & Tree (MCC-39) #44e.

Condition: B+

Original outline color on a sheet that has been dissected and backed with linen. There are several small worm tracks in the lower portion of the image - most notably just south of Philadelphia and in a blank area above the title cartouche. There is overall light soiling and some staining in the upper portion of the map. The bluish hue visible in the second image is caused by our scanner and is not on the physical map.

Estimate: $4,000 - $4,750

Sold for: $2,500

Closed on 9/11/2019