Emanuel Bowen. "An Accurate Map of North America Drawn from the Best Authorities." London, ca 1755. 6 5/8 x 8 5/8. Engraving. Hand color. With folds as issued. Very good condition. Not listed in Phillips.
Emanuel Bowen and his son Thomas (born when his father was 53) were both map printers and sellers. As engraver to George II of Britain and Louis XV of France, Emanuel Bowen worked in London from 1714 onwards. Some of the maps were the largest produced in their times and doubly unusual for Bowen's inclusion of historical and topographical information of amusing and fascinating note. He often joined with other printers to complete large works; for example Thomas Kitchin's The Large English Atlas. Sadly, royal appointments and seeming prosperity were not enough to prevent Emanuel's death in poverty, a legacy which he bequeathed to Thomas, who continuing the business, died in Clerkenwell workhouse in 1790. Through all the vicissitudes of his life, however, Emanuel Bowen's maps continued at a very high level of quality, as is exampled in this detailed map. $325
Thomas Kitchin. "Map of the European Settlements in North America." From A Philosphical and Political History of the Settlements and Trade of the Europeans in the East and West Indies, by Abbe Raynal. London: T. Cadell, 1776. 12 3/4 x 9 3/8. Engraving. Hand color. Old repaired tear right hand side. With folds as issued. Margin added to right hand side to the neat line. Else, fine condition.
A detailed map by one of the leading English cartographers of the late eighteenth century. Beginning about 1750, the British began to establish themselves as the leading world power, and this is partly reflected in the simultaneous rise to cartographic dominance. Kitchin was one of the most prolific and popular cartographers in the hey-day of British mapmaking, and his maps are noted for their clean engraving and excellent detail. The map shows the eastern part of North America from Greenland to Florida with settlement confined to the eastern seaboard. Indian tribes are named in the Great Lakes region and west. There is a mention of the Northwest Passage with a river supposedly emptying into the Pacific Ocean. A nicely detailed map of North America at the time of the start of Revolutionary War. $600
Thomas Kitchin. "A General Map of North America from the best authorities." From A New Geographical, Historical, and Commercial Grammar by William Guthrie. London: C. Dilly and G.G.J. & J. Robinson, 1790. 7 1/2 x 8 7/8. Engraving. Narrow margins as issued. Very good condition.
An interesting, small map of North America by one of the leading English cartographers of the late eighteenth century. The continent is shown from mid-Mexico to Baffin's Island and from coast to coast. Rivers, mountains, lakes and major towns are shown. The states of the newly established U.S. are indicated, as are the Canadian provinces. In the west details of bays, rivers and mountains are given where reported by explorers, with some areas left with hints of possible geographic delineations. A good picture of the extent of knowledge of the continent at the end of the century. $125
"Amérique Septentrionale." Paris: Alexandre Blondeau, ca. 1790. 7 1/4 x 8 3/4. Engraved by Blondeau. Hand color. With fold as issued. Light mat burn in margins. Else, very good condition.
This small map of North America is an interesting document of a continent still in the process of being explored. The Mississippi River serves as the western boundary of the United States. Several states, cities, rivers, and Indian tribes are named. Out west, Texas is indicated and Santa Fe is the most prominent city to appear. Mythical Teguaio is located near the Colorado River, while Quivira is placed farther north than usual. Just north R. de l'Ouest originates from the Oregon River. The northwest coast of the continent reflects Cook's recent discoveries. $250
John Reid. "A General Map of North America drawn from the best surveys 1795." From American Atlas. New York: John Reid, 1796. State 2. Engraving by [John] Scoles. 14 1/4 x 18. Light outline color. Very good condition. Wheat & Brun: 57.
This fascinating map of North America on an equal-area projection depicts from the Bering Straits and Baffin's Bay in the north to present-day Honduras and the entire West Indies in the south. The United States is shown containing fifteen states with a dotted line paralleling the Mississippi River denoting the western boundaries. Very little information is given to the vast area that would soon be the Louisiana Purchase, while the Spanish possessions labeled "New Mexico" and "New Spain" are well documented. The border between Canada and New England is vague. The map was prepared originally for John Reid's American Atlas which accompanied William Winterbotham's History of America. $750
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