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A chart of North and South America
A chart of North and South America
Printed map. "Publish'd according to Act of Parliament. 10 June 1775, by Robt. Sayer & J. Bennett, No. 53 in Fleet Street." Two sheets have been joined in centre. West segment has caption inside lower neat line, "Chart containing part of the icy sea with the adjacent coast of Asia and America." East segment has caption inside lower neat line, "Chart comprizing Greenland with the countries and islands about Baffins Bay and part of Hudsons Bay." Prime meridian: London. Includes text, historical and geographical notes, and "comparitive" tables. Appraiser's note: "This is the top one-third of the John Green ('Bradock Mead' pseud.) map." According to Henry Wagner, The Cartography of the Northwest Coast of America to the Year 1800, John Green issued "destructive criticism" against Delisle maps of 1750; these "remarks were issued to accompany A New Chart of North and South America..., which was published in his behalf by Thomas Jefferys" (vol. 1, p. 160). Described by Wagner, vol. 1, p. 343: "Engraved map on three sheets published June 10, 1775.... In Jefferys, The American Atlas, London, 1776.... No Delisle geography except the various entrances." Donated by Dr. John Morse, Hamilton, September 1997.
A chart of the Atlantic Ocean, I. sheet
A chart of the Atlantic Ocean, I. sheet
Printed map. "Printed for Robt. Sayer, Map & Printseller, No. 53 in Fleet Street, as the Act directs 20 Feby. 1775." Includes textual notes and 4 coastal profiles: Cape Verd coming from the north; Cape Verd coming from the south; Cape Mesurdo; and, The land of Cape Lopo. Donated by Dr. Karl Freeman, Hamilton, March 1995.
A chart of the Banks of Newfoundland, drawn from a great number of hydrographical surveys
A chart of the Banks of Newfoundland, drawn from a great number of hydrographical surveys
Printed map. "26th March 1787." Visual scale [78 mm=30 nautic leagues]. Includes textual notes and chart, "Astronomical observations on which this chart is grounded." Possibly from a later edition of The North American Pilot for Newfoundland, Labradore, the Gulf and River St. Laurence..., chiefly engraved by Thomas Jefferys, 1784 [i.e. 1788] or later.
A chart of the Gulf of St. Laurence
A chart of the Gulf of St. Laurence
Printed map. Likely engraved by Thomas Jefferys. Visual scale [114 mm=30 nautic leagues]. "Printed ... as the Act directs, 1 August, 1786." Includes chart, "Astronomical observations on which this chart is grounded". Verso numbered, "10". Described in Sellers and Van Ee, Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies 1750-1789, entry 258, p. 57: "2d State. In North-American pilot. plate 11. Imprint altered: Date of imprint advanced to 1786 and the name John Bennett deleted." Kenneth Kershaw's Early Printed Maps of Canada, volume II, describes a "third state" map with a variation of the imprint with "as the Act directs, 25th. March 1786" (entry 599, p. 224).
A chart of the Magdalen Islands in the Gulf of St. Laurence surveyed in 1765
A chart of the Magdalen Islands in the Gulf of St. Laurence surveyed in 1765
Printed map. Cartographer uncertain, probably Laurie & Whittle. Visual scale. Fourth state. In lower right margin, "T. Jefferys Sculp." In upper right margin, "XII". Described in Kershaw, Early Printed Maps of Canada, volume II, entry 607, p. 232: "Published in: source not located... The Laurie & Whittle imprint has been deleted but 'T Jefferys Sculp.', and top right 'XII', are retained."
A chart of the Straits of Magellan
A chart of the Straits of Magellan
Printed map. "Thos. Bowen Sculpt." Visual scale [53 mm=60 miles]. Prime meridian: London. Acquired as part of the Banks Collection.
A chart of the beautiful fishery of Whittlesea Mere in the County of Huntingdon
A chart of the beautiful fishery of Whittlesea Mere in the County of Huntingdon
Printed map on silk. "Most respectfully inscribed to the Nobility and Gentry, by their much obliged and most obedient humble servant, John Bodger." "Publish'd as the Act directs 1st May 1786...." Visual scale [75 mm=2,000 feet]. Includes extensive text under the heading, "Historical account", sailing distance charts, illustrations, and inset, "A map of the country surrounding Whittlesea Mere". Whittlesea Mere is described as "the most spacious fresh water lake in the southern part of Great Britain". From the history provided on the map, it seems the lake was subject to violent, unpredictable storms, which would render a paper map useless.
A chart of the harbour of Halifax, in Nova Scotia
A chart of the harbour of Halifax, in Nova Scotia
Printed map. Second state. "Survey'd by order of His Excellency Brigadier General Lawrence, Governour of the Province of Nova Scotia; by Charles Morris, Chief Surveyor". "Published by command of the Right Honourable the Lords of Trade & Plantations, for the benefit of the trade and navigation, of Great Britain and its Colonies." "Engraved by Thomas Jefferys, Geographer to the King." "25th. March 1775." Visual scale [1 inch=1 mile]. "IX" in upper right margin. Described in Kershaw, Early Printed Maps of Canada, Volume III, entry 821, p. 130: "Published in: North-American Pilot, 1777. v. Pl.9... Outside the neatline, top right is 'IX', and below centre 'London. Printed for & Sold by Robt. Sayer & Jno. Bennett, No. 53, in Fleet Street, as the Act directs. 25th. March 1775'. The date 1759 has been erased from the title, which ends with 'Engraved by Thomas Jefferys, Geographer / to the KING.'. In addition, on 'High Whitehead, contour shading has been inserted, and Halifax and its suburbs have been shaded. Along the southern coastline of the harbour, further changes have been made immediately south of 'Dartmouth', and to the details of 'a Shoal Bay'."
A chart of the south-east coast of Newfoundland
A chart of the south-east coast of Newfoundland
Printed map. Visual scale. Described in Sellers and Van Ee, Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies 1750-1789, entry 676, p. 142: "In The English Pilot, the fourth book, plate [7]."
A commercial map of Scotland; with the roads, stages, and distances, brought down to 1782.
A commercial map of Scotland; with the roads, stages, and distances, brought down to 1782.
Printed map. "Publish'd by J. Knox, Septr. 13th. 1782." No scale given. Displays numerous paragraphs of text about the history of Scotland, its size, population and natural products, distances and navigation information. Acquired as part of the Lord Cholmondely collection.
A correct map of Devonshire
A correct map of Devonshire
Printed map. Cartographer uncertain, probably Thomas Hutchinson. Visual scale [34 mm=15 miles]. Prime meridian: London. In upper right margin, "9". Likely from the atlas, Geographia Magnae Britanniae, or, Correct maps of all the counties in England, Scotland, and Wales, published 1748. Described in Chubb, Printed Maps in the Atlases of Great Britain and Ireland, entry CLXXXIX, p. 149-151: "[map] 9. A Correct Map of Devonshire. Miles, 15 [=1 1/2 inches]". Donated by Dr. Karl Freeman, Hamilton, March 1995.
A correct map of Middlesex
A correct map of Middlesex
Printed map. Cartographer uncertain, probably Thomas Hutchinson. Visual scale [32 mm=5 miles]. In upper right margin, "23". Likely from the atlas, Geographia Magnae Britanniae, or, Correct maps of all the counties in England, Scotland, and Wales, published 1748. Described in Chubb, Printed Maps in the Atlases of Great Britain and Ireland, entry CLXXXIX, p. 149-151: "[map] 23. A Correct Map of Middlesex. Miles, 5 [=1 1/4 inches]". Donated by Dr. Karl Freeman, Hamilton, March 1995.
A draft of the Golden & adjacent islands with part of ye Isthmus of Darien as it was taken by Capt. Ienefer... [map 1 of 2]
A draft of the Golden & adjacent islands with part of ye Isthmus of Darien as it was taken by Capt. Ienefer... [map 1 of 2]
Printed maps. First map includes dedication, "Most humbly Inscrib'd to Iohn Haldane of Gleneagles Esqr: one of the Honble: Comisioners of Police & Customs for North Britain &c". Visual scale with each map. Described in Kapp, The Early Maps of Panama up to 1865 (Map Collector's Circle #73), entry 27, p. 17: "...Another edition, 1710 is similar but has the coat of arms and the names of Moll, Morden and Hacke removed. It is rededicated 'Most humbly Inscribed to John Haldane of Gleneagles Esqr: one of the Hon:ble Commissioners of Police & Customs for North Britain &c...'. A second map occasionally found as a separate issue was printed on the same sheet below the draft of Golden Island entitled 'A New Map of ye Isthmus of Darien in America, the Bay of Panama, the Gulph of Vallona or St. Michael, with its Islands & Countries Adjacent', 29.5 x 48 cm. The 1699 issue bore the imprint 'by W. Hacke & Rt. Morden'. However, later editions had this removed."
A draught of the Gut of Canso, between Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island, surveyed by the King's ships in 1761
A draught of the Gut of Canso, between Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island, surveyed by the King's ships in 1761
Printed map. Visual scale. Includes 2 inset maps: A plan of Port Dauphin, on the eastern side of Cape Breton Island, surveyed in 1743; A plan of Murgain or Cow Bay, on the eastern side of Cape Breton Island, surveyed in August 1760. In upper, right margin, "x". Described in Sellers and Van Ee, Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies 1750-1789, entry 384, p. 82: "In North-American pilot. v.1, plate 10... Shows navigational sightings, anchorages, shoals, soundings, and relief..."
A general chart of the Island of Newfoundland with the rocks & soundings
A general chart of the Island of Newfoundland with the rocks & soundings
Printed map. "Drawn from surveys taken by order of the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty by James Cook and Michael Lane, surveyors and others." "Published according to Act of Parliament, 10th May 1775, by Thomas Jefferys Geographer to the King." Second state. Another copy, see RMC_107398. Described in Kershaw, Early Printed Maps of Canada, Volume II, entry 539, p. 175: "Second state.... Published in: American Atlas No. 14, 1775 [1780], 1777, 1783. & The North American Pilot. 1770, 1776 [1780]." Described in Sellers and Van Ee, Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies 1750-1789, entry 635, p. 134: "Shows harbors, bays, and inlets, rocks, shoals, banks, soundings, islands, the type bottom, relief, and numerous early place-names. The land area is blank except for rivers, lakes, and some mountains, and an Indian path is shown along the coast of Newfoundland opposite the Straits of Belle Isle."
A general chart of the Island of Newfoundland with the rocks & soundings
A general chart of the Island of Newfoundland with the rocks & soundings
Printed map. "Drawn from surveys taken by order of the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty by James Cook and Michael Lane Surveyors and others." "Publish'd according to Act of Parliament, 10th. May 1775, by Thomas Jefferys Geographer to the King." Second state. Number "12" has been stamped on verso upper right. Described in Kershaw, Early Printed Maps of Canada, Vol. II, entry 539, p. 175: "Published in: American Atlas No.14, 1775, 1776 [1780], 1777, 1783. & The North-American Pilot 1770, 1776 [1780]... The imprint 'Printed for Robt. Sayer & Jno. Bennet / No. 53 in Fleet Street.' has been added below the title." Described in Sellers and Van Ee, Maps and Charts of North America... entry 635, p. 134: "Shows harbors, bays, and inlets, rocks, shoals, banks, soundings, islands, the type bottom, relief, and numerous early place-names. The land area is blank except for rivers, lakes, and some mountains, and an Indian path is shown along the coast of Newfoundland opposite the Straits of Belle Isle." McMaster has another copy; see RMC_3824. Acquired as part of the Hodsoll Collection.
A general map of the discoveries of Admiral de Fonte & others
A general map of the discoveries of Admiral de Fonte & others
Printed map. "By M. De l'Isle". "Longitude from the first meridian in the Isle of Ferro". In upper margin, "Gent. Mag. March & Apr 1754". Includes historical notes. Donated by Dr. Karl Freeman, Hamilton, March 1995.
A general map of the discoveries of Admiral de Fonte & others
A general map of the discoveries of Admiral de Fonte & others
Printed map. "By M. De l'Isle". "Longitude from the first meridian in the Isle of Ferro". In upper margin, "Gent. Mag. March & Apr 1754". Includes historical notes.
A general, map of North America from the best authorities
A general, map of North America from the best authorities
Printed map. Cartographer uncertain, probably Thomas Kitchin. Prime meridian: London. Donated by Dr. Karl Freeman, Hamilton, March 1995.

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