Rigobert Bonne. "Amérique Septentrionale." From Bonne's Atlas de toutes les parties connues du Globe Terrestre. Paris, 1780. 8 3/8 x 12 5/8. Engraving. Very good condition.
Rigobert Bonne was the Royal Hydrographer of France, so his primary interest was in marine charts. However, with his Royal connections and access to the cartographic documents in Paris, Bonne was able to compile maps containing some of the most up-to-date information of his time. This map was issued just at the end of the American Revolution. Bonne had good information to show towns, rivers, forts and other features. Detail is clearly presented, and fascinating to study. This is a fine map of North America from the very beginning of our country's history. $175
John Gibson. [A New Map of the Whole Continent of America…]. London: Laurie & Whittle, 1794. 20 3/8 x 46 3/4. Engraving. Original hand color. Top two sheets (joined) of four. Several old vertical folds. Numerous short tears in map from map extremities newly repaired with archival tape along with previous old repairs. Small ink smear in Bay of Panama. Else, fine condition. $825
The top top half of a wonderful, large four sheet map of the American continent from northern Canada down to the southern tip of South America, including the West Indies, and the western tip of Africa and Europe. This map was originally drawn by John Gibson in 1763, and it was a modified version of D'Anville's map of North & South America, and it was later updated using the cartographic information of Governor Thomas Pownall, who was one of America's important early cartographers.
The version updated with Thomas Pownall's information was first issued in 1777 by Sayer & Bennett, using information from Pownall's important maps of the preceding three decades, including his important reissue of Lewis Evans map of the Middle Colonies with his own addendum showing New England. This is a further updated issue by Laurie & Whittle later in the century. The detail depicted is impressive, including rivers, lakes, towns, Indian settlements, mountains, roads, and many other such features. Also included is a table listing the United States and the possessions of the various European powers.
"A General Map of North America from the best Authorities." From Jedidiah Morse's The American Universal Geography. Boston: Thomas & Andrews, June 1796. 7 1/2 x 8 3/4. Engraving by A. Doolittle. Wheat & Brun: 55. Very good condition.
A fine late eighteenth century map of North America. This map was from Jedidiah Morse's Geography, one of the first American publications of its kind. Morse, the father of Samuel F.B. Morse, established himself in the 1780s as one of the leading producers of American maps. Doolittle, the engraver, is one of the great names in American engraving, especially during the Revolution. The map is of interest because of its early detail: the Northwest Territory is noted east of the Mississippi River, the "Acansis R" appears for the Arkansas River, and "Iowa Town" is an Indian town in present-day Iowa. The first Morse map of North America. $225
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