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1776 “Holster Atlas” -
Used by British Officers in the Revolution
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This atlas, designed for British officers to use in the field, includes the “maps that the British high command regarded as providing essential topographical information in the most convenient form” (Schwartz & Ehrenberg).  The publishers claimed that their work would fit into an officer’s pocket, but it was more often carried in a holster. The present copy was bound in a more easily managed size with the maps cut, mounted on linen, and folded into a quarto-sized binding.

[REVOLUTIONARY WAR] [ROBERT SAYER AND JOHN BENNETT]. The American Military Pocket Atlas; Being an Approved Collection of Correct Maps, Both General and Particular, of the British Colonies; Especially Those Which Now Are, or Probably May Be the Theatre of War…. London, [1776]. Atlas of 6 engraved maps, original hand color in outline.

Inventory #20869.99       Price: $25,000

The maps in the “Holster Atlas” were selected to cover every theater of operations in North America:

  • North America, As Divided Amongst the European Powers, by Samuel Dunn.
  • A Compleat Map of the West Indies, Containing the Coasts of Florida, Louisiana, New Spain, and Terra Firma,by Samuel Dunn.
  • A General Map of the Northern British Colonies in America. Which Comprehends the Province of Quebec, the Government of Newfoundland, Nova-Scotia, New-England and New-York, by Sayer and Bennet.
  • A General Map of the Middle British Colonies, in America. Containing Virginia, Maryland, the Delaware Counties, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. With the Addition of New York, and of the Greatest Part of New England ... Improved From Several Surveys Made after the Late War,by Lewis Evans.
  • A General Map of the Southern British Colonies, in America. Comprehending North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida, with the Neighbouring Indian Countries, by Bernard Romans.
  • A Survey of Lake Champlain including Lake George, Crown Point and St. John, Surveyed by Order of ... Jeffery Amherst ... 1762, by William F. Brassier. 


Sir Henry Neville, 2nd Earl of Abergavenny (1755-1843), armorial bookplate.  Neville was the son of George Neville, 1st Earl of Abergavenny and Henrietta Pelham.  He graduated from Oxford University in 1776 and in 1784 was a Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Seaford.  From 1784 to 1785, he was M.P. for Monmouthshire.  In 1785, he succeeded to the titles of 16th Lord Abergavenny, 2nd Earl of Abergavenny, and 2nd Viscount Nevill, of Birling.  He died at Eridge Castle, Sussex, England at the age of 88. (Cokayne) (Mosley)


Fite & Freeman, A Book of Old Maps, pp.212-16

Howes A208

Nebenzahl, Atlas of The American Revolution, pp.61-63

Phillips Atlases 1206

Rumsey, p.311

Sabin 1147

Schwartz & Ehrenberg, p.190

Streeter Sale 73

G.E. Cokayne, et al. The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland,

Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed.

Charles Mosley, ed., Burke’s Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition.

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