London: Sayer & Bennett, 1774. unbound. Map in two sheets. Engraving with original hand color outline and wash. Each sheet measures 20.5" x 38.75" very good.
Beautiful and very rare map of New England, showing Long Island. Includes "A Plan of Boston Harbor" and a "Plan of the Town of Boston" as well as a table describing the map's sources. The highly decorative cartouche shows a romanticized scene of the Pilgrims arriving in Plymouth. A yellow wash highlights the newly formed townships in the Vermont region. Originally printed in four panels and bound into the atlas in two sheets. Reinforcements to original folds on both sheets. Chipping along top edge of bottom sheet. Expert repair to loss at lower left margin of bottom sheet, along original fold. Compiled from various sources by Braddock Mead (alias John Green) and originally published in 1755, this was the first large scale map of the area and the first to name New Hampshire as a province. Issued in 1775, this map is the first edition of the fifth state. This edition was reprinted during the beginning stages of the American Revolution and published by Sayer (Jefferys' one-time partner) and Bennett in "Jefferys' American Atlas". Thomas Jefferys (c. 1710-1771) was one of the most important and prolific mapmakers of his era with particular focus on North America.