1775 Map of the Most Inhabited Part of New England
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An excellent example of Thomas Jefferys’ famous map of New England, in four unjoined sheets as issued. Published in Augsburg by Tobias Conrad Lotter, this edition is always more richly colored than the English Jefferys. Lotter was one of the leading German mapmakers of the 18th century, and his edition of the map is particularly useful in that it preserves the original English language text for the title, notations, tables and placenames.
Jefferys’ A Map of the Most Inhabited part of New England was the first accurate survey of the area and one of the earliest large scale regional maps of any part of America. First issued in 1755, it continued to be published in various forms until after the Revolutionary War.
The map includes an inset plan at upper left of Boston that shows the city at the start of the Revolution, and a second inset of Boston Harbor near the title. There is a large finely engraved vignette below the title that shows the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock. [THOMAS JEFFERYS].
Map: “A Map of the Most Inhabited Part of New England, containing the provinces of Massachusetts Bay and new Hampshire, with the colonies of Conecticut and Rhode Island, Divided into Counties and Townships The whole composed from Actual Survey and its Situation adjusted by Astronomical Observations.” Augsburg, Germany: Tobias Conrad Lotter, 1775. 4 sheets. 22” x 25” each.