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Auction 189, Lot 125

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

21.3 x 52.9 inches
54.1 x 134.4 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." Two sheets joined.

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

Condition: B+

Contemporary color on watermarked paper, issued folding with minor offsetting and archival repairs to several short fold separations at the edges of the sheets and some small chips in the blank margins. The bottom margin has been extended a bit to accommodate framing.

Estimate: $3,500 - $4,250

Sold for: $4,000

Closed on 9/14/2022