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Auction 94, Lot 468

"The American Military Pocket Atlas; Being an approved collection of correct maps, both general and particular of The British Colonies, especially those which now are, or probably may be, The Theatre of War", Sayer & Bennett

Subject: Atlas

Period: 1776 (published)


Color: Hand Color

5.5 x 9 inches
14 x 22.9 cm
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A significant atlas of the AMERICAN REVOLUTION. It was issued by the British Army to its field officers and was regarded to contain the essential topographical information necessary for the conduct of the war. The large and important maps fold into an octavo volume that could easily be carried into combat, thus it became known as "The Holster Atlas". The six maps contained the most up-to-date information and provide a graphic view of American geography at the outbreak of the Revolution. The maps include (1) North America, by Samuel Dunn, (2) The West Indies, by Samuel Dunn, (3) The Northern Colonies, by Samuel Holland and Thomas Pownall, (4) The Middle Colonies, by Lewis Evans, (5) The Southern Colonies, by Bernard Roman, and Brassier's important map of Lake Champlain. By its very nature as a portable, working atlas, few of these important atlases have survived in a complete original state. Quarter-calf with original marble-papered boards. Complete with title page, introduction and dedication to Gov. Pownall, list of maps and six maps with outline color. Ref: Harley, Petchenik & Towner pp.96-97; Nebenzahl pp. 11-17; Phillips (A) 1206, 1343; Schwartz & Ehrenberg p. 190.

References: Harley, Petchenik & Towner; Nebenzahl; Phillips (A); Schwartz & Ehrenberg

Condition: B

Covers detached with wear to boards and spine. Title page torn with some loss affecting only one line of print. Maps toned with light offsetting and occasional minor foxing, and a few short fold separations. Even with its minor faults overall remarkable condition.

Estimate: $12,000 - $14,000


Closed on 3/7/2001