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[1500 ca.?] Anonymous [Untitled Map Of France]
Separate publication 
Copper engraving; widest/platemark: 138 x 186 

An example of Nicolo Berlinghieri's Geographia [1482] in the Landau-Finaly library once contained a group of eight maps, one signed by Francesco Rosselli, and six attributed, on strong grounds to him. 

The eighth was another example of this map of France, which has been attributed to Rosselli, although Roberto Almagia doubted the attribution. He wrote: "This map is certainly of Italian origin, as shown by the spelling of a large number of place names, but seems to stand apart and differs profoundly - not only by its dimensions - from the other regional maps. In the inventory of Alessandro Rosselli's shop stock, there is a reference to a plate (or woodblock) for a map of France - 'francia'. Could this map be printed by Rosselli from a plate he acquired ?" 

Roberto Almagia, On the Cartographic Work of Francesco Rosselli, Imago Mundi, VIII, p.29: map 7;

[1507 ca. ?] Waldseemuller, Martin
TABVLA PRIMAE EVROPAE. [2a, ob - 4a, ob]

Separate publication [Johann Gruninger for Martin Waldseemuller]

Woodcut 405 x 563 Widest: 410 x 582 

Unique trial printing of the map of the British Isles, prpeared for Waldseemuller's edition of Ptolemy. This example has the colour printed from a separate block. 

This survival casts light on the early plans for the atlas,  suggesting that this method was considered, at an early stage, for all the maps.  It would seem that technical difficulties caused the publishers to drop these plans. 

In the  completed atlas, only the map of Lorraine was coloured-printed, and that in three colours.

[1577-1690 ca.] Saxton, Christopher
[Untitled Map Of Yorkshire]

[Previously extracted from an example of a Saxton / Lea County Atlas, published by Philip Lea, London, ca. 1689-1694]

Copper engraving, 530 x 730 2 sheets joined 

Previously unrecorded intermediate proof state of Saxton's map of Yorkshire. 

In the previous state, the map contained two inset prospects, of Hull and York.  In this state,  the two insets have been erased. The orginal scale bar has been erased, with Augustine Ryther's signature, and new scale bar has been added along the left hand border. 

In the next state, a new title, surrounded by coats of arms, was inserted in the bottom left corner.  Although unsigned, this engraving was carried out by Herman Moll. 

Presumably this example was printed to see how effectively the erasures had been made, and then, rather than throw the map away, it was used in an example of the atlas.

1601: Speed, John

[John Speed Separate publication]

Copper engraving, 422 x 551 PM: 430 x 551 

'Proof' form of Speed's earliest published version of his four-sheet manuscript map of the Invasions of Englasnd and Wales. This example has the panel of text in the lower left corner blank.The Cambridge University Library example has a panel of text, set from type, pasted here. 

An examination of the map reveals a large number of alterations within the map: throughout, boxes have been added for the principal battles; these have been engraved over erased place names, apparently as an afterthought.  Also, a large number of names appear to have been re-worked, suggesting there is a yet earlier state. The panel in the lower left corner alsoappears to be a later addition, as it extends over part of the map, including 'The Gulfe' [Rock], and over the note 'The Spanish fleet [erasure] / in their pretended [inuasion of:] England Iuly 12 1588'. 

These changes raise the possibility that there is an earlier state. 

Rodney W. Shirley, Early Printed Maps of the British Isles 1477-1650 (East Grinstead: Antique Atlas Publication, 1991), 239, recording three other examples.

[1610] Speed, John
SUSSEX / Described and / divided into Ra= / pes with the situa= / tion of Chiches= / ter the cheife / citie thereof // the armes of such Nobles as have / bene dignified / with the title of / Earles since the / conquest and other accidents therein described. [3b] 'CHICHESTER' [1a; 1a/b - 2a/b] [no scale] [key] A-H / I, K-O / R-T, V-X. [2b] 

[Trial proof for John Speed's 'Theatre Of The Empire Of Great Britaine' John Sudbury & George Humble, London]

Copper engraving; 386 x 512  Platemark: 389 x 515 

State 1: Pre-publication proof. In this form, the map lacks the engraver's signature, the publisher's imprint, the sea-shading, tree symbols in Ashdown Forest, and the line of wooded hills between Ashdown Forest and Holmewood. 'Part of / Hantshire' is not named [1b]; 'PART OF KENT' is engraved in one line [3b-4b], subsequently, with the addition of the cartouche around the imprint 'PART' was erased and re-engraved above 'OF KENT' [4b] 'PART / OF / SURREY' is not named. 

David Kingsley, Printed Maps Of Sussex (Lewes, Sussex Record Office, 1982), 7 (i): noting only one other example.

Speed, John 1626 
Mappa / ÆSTIVARUM / Insularum alias Bermudas / dictarum, ad ostia Mexica= / ni æstuarij iacentium in La= / titudine Graduum 32: Mi= / nutorum 25. Ab Anglia, / Londino Scilicet versus Libo= / notum 3300 Miliaribus An= / glicanis, et a Roanoack (qui / locus est in Virginia) versus / Euro=notum 500 Mil. accurate descr. // A Mapp of the / SOMMER / Ilands once called the / Bermudas Lying at the mouth / of the bay of Mexico. in the / Lattitude of 32. degr: 25. mi: / Distant from England viz. from / London toward the west south- / -west 3300 miles And from / Roanoack in Virginia to= / ward the east south east / 500. miles exactlie Surveyed. [3b] Abraham Goos Amstelodamensis sculpsit. [4e] [Arms of Bermuda] [1e, ob] [Arms of the Virginia Company] [5e, ob] 'Ad communem agrum in / singulis Tribubus quod atti- / net in quot portiones divida= / tur, et ibi iaceat, quemad= / modum partim in Mappa Cho= / rographica exprimitur, Ita eti= / am clarius liquet ex Libro / Gæodesiæ Virginianæ Societati / tradito. / Touching the common ground in / each Tribe, in what shares, or / where it lies, as it is partly, / expressed in the Map; do it is / more fully manifested in a Booke / of the Survey of the Country, / delivered in to the Company.' [4e, ob] 
[Speed Prospect: Proof; Jodocus Hondius Jr., Amsterdam, 1626 ?]
Copper engraving; inner border: 331 x 515, border:: 350 x 534, outer border: 402 x 534, platemark: 405 x 537 

Proof state of the map of Bermuda from John Speed's 'Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World' (London, 1627). 

In this state, the map lacks the publisher's imprint. In the completed form, the imprint and surrounding cartouche are engraved in a different style to other elements of the map, suggesting that the imprint was added in London. 

It would seem plausible, as examples of this state are found in atlases issued by him, that Jodocus Hondius Jr. was the Dutch publisher responsible for organising engraving of the maps for the 'Prospect'. 

Another of the maps, Bohemia, is recorded in proof form in a Dutch composte atlas, circa 1628, although its current location is not known.

[1694] - 1730: Lea, Philip
[Untitled Map Of Kent] Printed and Sold by Thomas Bowles Print and Map Seller next the Chapter House in S.t Pauls Church Yard, and Iohn Bowles Print and Mapseller at Mercers Hall in Cheapside London - 1730 [1e - 4e] To his Grace / the most Reverend Father in God / IOHN (TILLOTSON) by divine Providence / Lord Archbishop of / CANTERBURY / Primate of all England and / Metropolitan, & / one of his Majesties most honourable / Privy Council, &c. // This new Map of / KENT / is most humbly Presented and Dedicated, by / P. Lea. [5d & 5e] 

Inset: 'CANTERBURY' [2d] [1d/1e - 2d/2e] [scale] 'Scale of Pases' - '240' (25mm) [2d] 

Thomas (II) & John Bowles Separate publication, London, 17390 

Copper engraving, 416 x 532 PM: 419 x 535 

A second state of the plate with the imprint of Thomas Bowles (II) and John Bowles inserted. 

Lea's stock-in-trade passed to his wife Anne, who continued the business until her death in 1730, whereupon her goods were sold at auction.  Thomas (II) and John Bowles acquired much of the more modern British maps, which they quickly re-issued..

1697-1706: Skynner, M.
A New and Exact Plan of y.e Towne / and Port of Dunkirk together with the / Citadel Castles of Risbanck and other Forts at the / entrance of the Mole or Harbour, and all y.e Outworks / Lately aded by direction of the Famous Engenier / Mons.r de Vaubon This Place was taken from the / Spaniards by the French and English in 1658. The / English Possest it till 1662 when the.y Sold it to the / French King who has made it one of the Best and / Strongest Fortifications of Europe M: Skynner F.t 1706. [2d] Sold By Christopher Brown At The Globe At The West End Of S.t Pauls Church Yard. [2e] 

Inset:'The Armes of Dunkirck' [5a] 'A Prospect of the Castle of Risbanck at the Entrance of Dunkirck Harbour.' IB: 75 x 122 [2a] 'DUNKIRK AND ITS CONFINES' [scale] 'A Scale of ten Miles' - '10' (63mm) 90 x 147 [2c] 

Christopher Browne Separate publication, London, 1706

Copper engraving, 485 x 594, platemark: - x 611 

This map was first advertised in 'The London Gazette', for 21-24 June 1697: "There is now Published, A New and Exact Plan of the Town and Port of Dunkirk, together with the Citadel, Castles of Risbanke and other Forts at the Entrance of the Mole or Harbour, and all the Outworks lately added by Direction of the Famous Engenier Monsieur de Vauban. Drawn by Mr. M. Skynner, Engenier. Sold by Christopher Browne at the Globe at the West End of St. Pauls Church-Yard, London, by whom is sold the New Map of Flanders which was lately Dedicated to his Highness the Duke of Glocester." 

This later state, now dated 1706 was advertised in 'The Term Catalogues', for Trinity Term, 1706 - licensed in July: 'An Exact Plan of the Town and Port of Dunkirk: together with the Citadel, Castles of Risbanck, and other Forts, at the Entrance of the Mole or Harbour; and all the Outworks lately added by Monsieur Vauban. Printed on a Sheet of Imperial Paper.'

1697-1712: Skynner, M.
A New and Exact Plan of y.e Towne / and Port of Dunkirk together with the / Citadel Castles of Risbanck and other Forts at the / entrance of the Mole or Harbour, and all y.e Outworks / Lately aded by direction of the Famous Engenier / Mons.r de Vaubon This Place was taken from the / Spaniards by the French and English in 1658. The / English Possest it till 1662 when the.y Sold it to the / French King who has made it one of the Best and / Strongest Fortifications of Europe M: Skynner F.t 1712. [2d] Sold By Christopher Brown At The Globe At The West End Of S.t Pauls Church Yard. [2e] Sold by C. Browne at the North door of the Royal: Exchange London. [2d] 

Inset: 'The Armes of Dunkirck' [5a] 'A Prospect of the Castle of Risbanck at the Entrance of Dunkirck Harbour.' IB: 75 x 122 [2a] 'DUNKIRK AND ITS CONFINES' [scale] 'A Scale of ten Miles' - '10' (63mm) 90 x 147 [2c] 

Christopher Browne Separate publication, London, 1706

Copper engraving, 478 x 585, platemark:- x 611 

A third state of the plate, now dated 1712, and with the address of Browne's second shop added..  An advertisement for this state has not beeen traced.

[1701] Anonymous
THE / Incampments of y.e / IMPERIALISTS / and / FRENCH in ITALY / since April last. [4a] [at foot of the letterpress text] A New MAPP and JOURNAL of the MARCHES and Incampings of the IMPERIAL and FRENCH / Armies in ITALY. [1a, ob - 5a, ob] Note, The Eagles denote the German Camps, and the flower de Luce those of the French. Likewise note that there goes a straight line from each German Camp to the place where the / French lay at the same time. / [text in two columns] / [rule] / Sold by Mrs Baldwin In Warwick-Lane, Mr. Wild at Charing-Cross, Mr. Sacket under the Royal-Exchange, and Mr. Mount on Tower Hill. Price 6d. 

Separate publication, sold by Ann Baldwin, Joseph Wild, Sacket and Richard Mount

Copper engraving; the map 164 x 287, platemark:  169 x 290, Total dimensions: 442 x 297 

Apparently unrecorded broadsheet publication, sold by an alliance of little known London booksellers, working with Richard Mount. 

Ann Baldwin (not recorded in the revised edition of Tooley's Dictionary) was the widow of Richard Baldwin who continued his business after his death in 1698. Her most famous cartographic publication was Gabriel Thomas' 'An Historical And Geographical Account Of The Province And Country Of Pensilvania', with a map of Pennsylvania, London, 1698. 

Joseph Wild published an edition of John Seller Sr.'s pocket county atlas in 1701.  Sacket is otherwise untraced, while Richard Mount (fl.1682-1722) was one of the most active publishers of his day, and founder of the firm of Mount and Page. 

While undated, this broadsheet relates to events of the War of the Spanish succession, when Lombardy was scene of fighting between French and Imperial forces, ending only when Prince Eugene of Savoy drove the French out of Italy in 1707.

[1703- ca.1714] Browne, Christopher
THE WAR IN PORTUGALL / AND / SPAIN / with the Harbours of THE GROYNE, VIGO & BAYONA, PORTO, / LISBON & S.T UBES, CADIZ, &c. / AND / A CHART from ENGLAND to the STREIGHTS. / [rule] / Sold by Tho: Bowles Print and Mapseller in S.t Pauls Church Yard / next to the Chapter House London. [2d] I. Harris delin. et sculp. [5e]

Inset: 'THE GROYNE' [Corunna] 123 x 116 [1a] 'A GENERAL CHART from ENGLAND to SPAIN' 119 x 115 [1b] 'VIGO and BAYONNA' [key: a-d] 69 x 115 [1c] 'PORTO' 41 x 115 [1c] 'LISBON and S.T UBES' 105 x 115 [1d] 'THE HARBOUR OF CADIZ' 133 x 115 [1d/e] 'BARCELONA' 76 x 118 [5a] PORT MAON / In the Island of Minorca' 105 x 115 [5b] 'ALICANTE' 69 x 115 [5c] 'CARTAGENA' 76 x 115 [5c] 'ALMEIRA' 81 x 115 [5d] 'GIBRALTER' 90 x 115 [5d/e] ['BARCELONA'] 108 x 153 [4d] 'BADAJOS.' 100 x 94 [4e] 'Explanation. / [list of symbols].' [2d] 

Thomas (II) Bowles Separate publication [London, ca. 1714]

Copper engraving , 601 x 993 2 sheets joined 

An indication of the early history of this map is apparently provided by advertisements placed by Christopher Browne. 

An entry in the Term Catalogues (Michaelmas Term, 1703, licensed December) notes: "On the 20th of this Instant December, will be published, A New Map of Portugal: with Gallicia, Asturias, and Andalusia; with the other Frontiers of Spain, as far as Madrid. By C. Brown at the Globe at the West end of St. Paul's ..." 

This would seem to refer to the left hand sheet only. The following year, an advertisement in the 'London Gazette' refers to a two-sheet issue: "This day is published, a new Map of the War in Spain and Portugal from the newest Observations; in which are at large the Ports of Barcelona, Port Mahon, Alicant, Cartagena, Cadiz, Vigo, Lisbon, St. Ubers, Porto, Gibralter, and the Groyne. By C. Browne, at the Globe by St. Paul's; ...", possibly a secnd state with a new title (13-17 July 1704). 

The British Library has the left hand sheet only, bearing Browne's imprint, possibly the second state. 

This then is a hypothetical third state, with the imprint revised. The 'Explanation' has been added, and the compass points added in the border. 'THE BAY OF BISCAY' is named; a large number of additions have been made within the map, most noticeably the addition of roads across the whole map. 

Bowles seems to have acquired some of Christopher Browne's stock, circa 1714, and this is resumably when this example was issued.

1704: [Moll, Herman
A True and Exact Plan of the Field of / BATTEL near HOCHSTETTE. / With the Several Camps and Marches of both Armies. [1a, ob - 5a, ob] [at foot of the letterpress text] A Full and Particular Description Of The Glorious And Compleat Victory, obtain'd by the Confederate / Forces, under the Command of the Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene of Savoy, over the / French and Bavarians, near Hochstet upon the Danube, Aug. 2. 1704. / Illustrated with a true and exact Plan of the Field of Battle; the Attacks made by the Confederate Forces at diffe- / rent Places; and the several Camps and Marches of both Armies, both before and after the Engagement: All laid / down by Scale and Compass. / ... / ORDER of BATTLE of the Confederate Army, as they March'd up / to the Enemy, the 2d of Aug. 1704 O.S. / ... / [rule] / London: Printed, and Sold by Benj. Bragg, in Avey-Mary-Lane. 

Benjamin Bragg Separate publication, London, 1706

Copper engraving; 245 x 188 Platemark: 293 x 199 Page: 545 x 397 

Rare broadsheet map of the battle of Blenheim, the first of the Duke of Marlborough's great victories over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession. 

Although unsigned, the engraving is in the characteristic hand of Herman Moll. 

Benjamin Bragg is a little known London publisher. His imprint is found on a late issue of John Seller Sr's pocket atlas, the 'Atlas Coelestis', a late edition of Edmund Hickeringill's 'Jamaica Viewed;', with a new map signed by Bragg, and as one of three mapsellers selling Herman Moll's broadsheet map of South-West France,  circa 1706.

[1709 ca.] Dunoyer, Peter [Dunnoyer]
The True & Exact PLAN of y.e TOWN & CITTADEL of TOURNAY With all its Ancient & Modern FORTIFICATIONS. [1a, ob- 5a, ob] LONDON / Sold by Peter Dunoyer Book, Map, / & Print seller, at y.e Sign of Erasmus's Head / near y.e Savoy in y.e Strand. [4e] 

Peter Dunoyer Separate publication London, [ca. 1709]

Copper engraving; 455 x 554,  widest: 469 x 554, platemark: 475 x 558 

Peter Dunoyer, possibly of Dutch origin, seems to have managed David Mortier's London business, while Mortier was in Amsterdam, acting as guardian for his deceased brother's family. 

While undated, this plan was probably published at the commencement of the sige of Tournay by Britain and her allies, begun on June 27th 1709, and successfully concluded on September 3rd the same year.

[1709 ca.] Mortier, David
[Untitled Plan Of Lille] [the lettering: 'ious CAMPAIGN of his Grace the DUKE of MARLBOROUG' appears in the upper border] [the sheet is headed] The Long and Most Glorious CAMPAIGN of his Grace the DUKE of MARLBOROUGH & PRINCE EUGENE in 1708. [1a, ob - 5a, ob] [text] 'An Exact and BRIEF ACCOUNT / of the Long and most Glorious CAMPAIGN / of the Army of the Allies in the Netherlands, / under the command of his Grace the Duke of / MARLBOROUGH, and Prince EUGENE, / in the Year 1708. / ... / [rule] / LONDON: Printed for David Mortier; and sold by P. Dunoyer, Book and Map-seller, at Erasmus's- / Head in the Strand; Hen. Overton at the White-Horse without Newgate; and R. Davies, at the Three / Ink-Bottles in Castle-Alley, at the West End of the Royal Exchange. 1709.' [in 4 cols., the imprint at the foot of col. 4]

[side panels] 'The CITY & BATTLE of OUDENARDE' [view] IB: 181 x 241 [1a, olb] [Untitled Plan Of The Battle Of Oudenarde.] [key] 'REFERENCE of y.e BATTLE of / OUDENARDE. / A-I, K-Q' IB: 161 x 241 [1b, olb] 'The Siege of LILLE.' [view] IB: 243 x 162 [1d, olb] 'BRUSSELS Besieg'd.' IB: 241 x 160 [view] [1e, ob] 'The Passage of y.e SCHELD.' [view] 178 x 240 [5a, orb] 'The BATTLE of WYENDALE.' [plan] key] 'REFERENCES. / A-I, K-O.' 162 x 240 [5b, orb] 'The SIEGE of GENT.' [view] 161 x 242 [5d, orb] 'BRUGES Abandon'd.' [view] 160 x 241 [5e, orb] 

Peter Dunoyer Separate publication London, [ca. 1709]

Copper engraving; Lille: 460 x 560 Border: 705 x 1070 

This plan was first published to commemorate the capture of Lille by British and Dutch forces in 1708, and an example of this state is found in the Map Library's Catalogue. 

This later state has had the original title erased, and replaced by part of the sheet heading, which is engraved across the upper margin. The 'New REFERENCES ...' are added in the upper border. Within the map the siege works have been extended towards the north side of the town. All these new works extend almost to the outer walls of the town.

1720 [-1753 ca.]: Taylor, Thomas
A New Mapp / OF SCOTLAND / or / NORTH BRITAIN / With Considerable Improve- / ments according to the / Newest Observations. [4b] Printed and Sold by Tho.s Bowles Print and Mapseller / near the Chapter House in S.t Pauls Church yard / and Iohn Bowles & Son Print & Map Sellers at the Black Horse / in Cornhill London. [4b] 

Inset: [Untitled Map Of 'ORKNEY / ISLANDS' And 'The Islands of SHETLAND'] [scale] 'Miles of Great Britain' - '60' [5d] [4d/e - 5d/e] 

[with] An Alphabeticall Table of / all the CITIES and Market TOWNS &c. / in NORTH BRITAIN or SCOTLAND / [table] [1a/b] [table continued] [1b/1e] An Alphabeticall Table of / all the CITIES and Market TOWNS &c. / in NORTH BRITAIN or SCOTLAND / [table] [5a/d] 'The Towns and Shires which send Mem= / bers to Parliament as / at present. / ...' [4c] 
Thomas (II) & John Bowles Separate publication, London, [ca. 1753]

Copper engraving, 587 x 1000  Platemark: 615 x -, 2 sheets joined 

Scarce two-sheet  map of  Scotland, similar in style to that of Moll.  The British Library has the first state, published by  Thomas Taylor in 1720, and has subsequently acquired two later states, one dated 1731, and this undated example with the imprint of Thomas Bowles and John Bowles and Son, datable from about 1753 to 1762. 

D.G. Moir ed, The Early Maps of Scotland' Vol. 1, Third Edition (Edinburgh: Royal Geographical Society, 1973), p.181, noting the first states, and referring briefly to later states.

[1720] Overton, Henry (I)
A NEW AND CORRECT MAP OF Y.E / WORLD / LAID DOWN ACCORDING TO Y.E LATEST / AND BEST OBSERVATIONS / To which is added several curious Discourses / On the Tides, Trade Winds, & Monsoons / Also an explanation of the Astronomical / and Geographical Terms, with the / Appearances of the Plannets / & other Usefull Figures / Being selected out of the / work of S.r Isaac Newton, / D.r Halley, M.r Whiston, / at the expence of / Hen: Overton. [3b, ob] Sutton Nicholls sculp. [5e] Printed and Sold by Henry Overton at the white Horse without Newgate / LONDON. [4b, ob] Printed / and Sold by / Henry Overton / at the / White horse / without Newgate / LONDON. [4e, ob] 

Insets: 'NORTH HEMI= / SPHERE' 194 x 196 [2b, ob; 1a, ob] 'SOUTH HE= / MISPHERE.' 195 x 197 [4b, ob; 5a, ob] 'Venus / By M.r Cassini' 55 x 56 [2a, ob] 'The SUN Enlightening y.e EARTH' 72 x 72 [5b, ob] 'The Sun Enlightening the Moon / The Moon Englightening the Earth' 54 x 50 [1c, ob] 'Mars / By M.r Cassini' 62 x 62 [5c, ob] 'A MAP of the MOON' 80 x 80mm [1d, ob - 1e, ob] 'The / Copernican or true / Solar System' 82 x 83mm [2d, ob] [Untitled Eclipse Diagrams] 147 x 100 [5d, ob] 'Ptolemaick System' 40 x 40 [2e, ob] 'Tychon= ick System.' 40 x 40mm [2e, ob] 'Iupiter / By M.r Hook' 32 x 32mm 'THE FACE of y.e SUN' 93 x 91 [3d, ob] 'Saturn / By M.r Hook' 33 x 33mm [Compass Rose] 45 x 50 [4d, ob] 'COPERNIC SYSTEM' 44 x 43 [4d] 'Saturn / and his / Ring.' 108 x 50 [4e] 'The Seven Primary / Planets in their true Porportions.' 58 x 20 [4e] 'Iupiter / and his Belts' 59 x 59mm [5e, ob] 'THE THEORY OF THE TIDES FROM S.R / ISAAC NEWTONS Phil. Nat. Princ. Math. / [text in 4 columns, the fourth column ending with Overton's imprint] [2a/b ob - 4a/b, ob] 'Advertisement / There is just now Published a / new and Correct Map / of London & West= / minster, with an Al= / phabetical Table for y.e / ready and immediate finding out any / Place or Publick Building in the same, / by which any Stranger may presently / be acquainted with this great City, this / Map is about 5 foot long & 2 foot deep.' [4e, ob] 

Henry Overton (I) Separate publication, London, [1720]

Copper engraving, 411 x 819 Platemark 595 x 964 

Rare double-hemisdphere world map, typical of the new scientific approach adopted by English mapmakers in the diagrams inserted around the borders of their world maps. 

The advertisement apparently refers to Overton's 'A New and Exact Plan of the City of LONDON ...', which was first published in 1720.

Sayer, Robert 1756 
A NEW MAP / OF / NORTH AMERICA, / with the / BRITISH, FRENCH, SPANISH, DUTCH & DANISH / Dominions on that great Continent; / and the / WEST INDIA ISLANDS, / According to the Definitive Treaty, / concluded at Paris February 1763 / with great Improvements from the / Sieurs D'Anville & Robert. / [rule] / LONDON. / Printed for Rob.t Sayer Map and Printseller / at the Golden Buck in Fleet Street. [1b]

Inset: 'S.t John's / Harbour' [scale] [Miles ?] - '1/2' [1d] 'Boston / Harbour' [scale] [Miles] - '20' [reading right to left] [2d] [Untitled: New York Harbour] [scale] [Miles] - '4' [2d] 'Ashley and / Cooper / River' [scale] [miles] - '2' [2d] 'Port / Royal / Harbour' [scale] [miles] - '2' [1d] 'Bay and / City of the / Havana' [2d] 'Bay of Porto Bella' [scale] [miles] - '6' [2d] 'La Vera Cruz' [scale] 'Mile' - '1/2' [2d] 'CARTAGENA / Harbour and / Forts. [1d] [scale] 'Miles' - '3' [1d/e - 2d/e] 'The / Port of / ACAPULCO' [2e] [scale] 'Miles' - '6' [2d/2e] 'NORTH AMERICA is Divided into the Continent & the Islands. / [list in 2 columns] The Continent is Divided as follows / ... / The Islands are com[m]only divided into 6 Articles. / ...' [1c/d - 2c/d]

Copper engraving, 571 x 980 580 x - 2 sheets joined 

This map was extracted from Sayer's 'THE / UNIVERSAL GEOGRAPHER: / OR, / COMPLEAT ATLAS', with the Library acquiring the accompanying title-page.  Altrhough the title is undated, it contains a catalogue of Sayer's publications, which suggests a date of ca.1756-7. 

However, this map refers, both in the title and in panels of text set within the map, to the territorial settlement made at the end of the French and Indian War. 

It would seem possible that this is a second state of the plate, although no earlier version is known.

[1758] Bellin, Jacques-Nicolas
A MAP OF / ROYAL ISLAND / or / CAPE BRETON / Drawn by N. Bellin / Engineer of the Marine. [2b]

The TOWN and HARBOUR of LOUISBURG on the ISLAND of CAPE BRETON / on the Coast of Nova Scotia, taken from the French 17 Iune 1745 & restored at the Peace of Aix la Chappelle, / Shewing the Batteries both of the English and French, and describing the operations of the Siege till the surrender of the Town. / [key in 3 columns] / Printed for Tho.s Bowles in S.t Pauls Church Yard and John Bowles and Son at the Black Horse in Cornhill. [2e, ob - 4e, ob] Drawn by I. Bellin Engineer. [1e, ob] T. Kitchin Sculp. [5e, ob]

Thomas (II) & John Bowles Separate publication

Copper engraving, 245 x 301, platemark: 249 x 309 

Two maps, printed on one sheet. 

Both maps show evidence of re-engraving, suggesting these are a later printing, although earlier versions have not been traced. 

The Cape Breton map has an erasure outside the top left border, perhaps of a page number. 

The Louisburg has evidence of erasure from under the key; the title from '& restored at the Peace of Aix la Chappelle, and the imprint from 'and Son' onwards appear to have ben re-engraved. 

19. [1770 ca. ?] MOUNT & PAGE
A Plan of Boston Harbour, / REFERENCES. / [in two columns] A-I, K-T, V-Z // a-i, k-y. / [note on the tide] Variation 7.o .... 20" W.t / [scale] SOLD BY MOUNT and PAGE. Tower Hill LONDON. [1c-1e]
B: 811 x 1059   PM: 841 x 1084

Dating this particular chart is relatively difficult.  The chart is printed on Whatman paper, without date, which was in circulation from about 1760 to 1850.  The firm of Mount and Page operated throughout the eighteenth century, although the firm tended to use the christian names of individual partners - for example 'Richard Mount and Thomas Page' - rather than the abbreviated form seen here, which was used however, in the period 1783 to 1789.

Geographically the chart is similar to 'A New SURVEY of the Harbour of BOSTON...' which appeared in 'The English Pilot. The Fourth Book' from 1706 to 1729.  This is particularly so for the coastline, although additional sandbanks and soundings appear on this example, for example 'MUSKLE BANK' off Dorchester Neck [2c], while 'DORCHESTER FLATTS' are much more extensive than in the English Pilot version.

The main piece of updating is the delineation of Boston itself, apparently following John Bonner's plan of 1722.  This plan was issued in a number of states, with the delineation here apparently closest to the states issued in 1739, 1743 and 1760.  On the 1769 state, Clarks Wharf was renamed Hancocks Wharf, while the early version is used here.

The chart lacks any indication of events of the Revolutionary War.  One possibility is that this chart was issued shortly prior to the Revolutionary War, perhaps intended to meet British demand for maps of the region.

20 [1861] HARLAND, John Whitfield
'The SEAT of WAR in VIRGINIA, Showing the Country round Richmond and Washington, M'Clellan's Position, the Shenandoah Valley, &c.' 'Harland Sc.' 'PRICE ONE PENNY PLAIN, THREE HALF-PENCE COLOURED.  Published by JOHN WHITFIELD HARLAND, Engraver on Wood, 16, Ogilvie Street, Chorlton-upon-Medlock, Manchester.' 

Separate publication, Manchester, [1861] 

Woodblock, 457 x 327mm

Rare separately-issued map of the country between Washington and Richmond, evidently published shortly after the commencement of the the American  Civil War. 

While ostensibly neutral, the British favoured the Southern cause, for two main reasons.  Firstly, Britain was hoped to see a weakened United States wielding less influence in North America, and secondly, the British textile industry, centred in the North West of England, in cities such as Manchester, depended to a large extent on cotton imports from the Southern States. 

For that reason, one might assume considerable public interest among the people of Northern England, in the course of the war, faced with potential disruption to the local economy.  It would seem that this enterprising wood engraver, John Whitfield Harland, responded to this interest by preparing this simple but informative map of the seat of war. 

Not in Richard W. Stephenson 'Civil War Maps An Annotated List Of Maps And Atlases In Map Collections Of The Library Of Congress' (Washington, Library of Congress, 1961), which lists four maps of the Seat of War in Virginia for 1861, all American productions.