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A map of the County of Essex from an actual survey
A map of the County of Essex from an actual survey
Printed map. Visual scale [5 cm = 5 statute miles approximately]. Includes insets: "A plan of Colchester" and "Harwich Harbour". Roman numerals from I to XXV marked on (but not with grid) indicate this is an index map. Grid drawn in pencil dividing map into 9 sections and numbered in pencil matches McMaster's nine sheets of RMC_4306. Acquired as part of the Lord Cholmondely collection.
A map of the County of Oxford, reduced from an actual survey in 16 sheets, made in the years 1793 and 1794
A map of the County of Oxford, reduced from an actual survey in 16 sheets, made in the years 1793 and 1794
Printed map. "By Richard Davis of Lewknor, Topographer to His Majesty". "A Scale of Miles Two to One Inch". Insets: "A Plan of the City of Oxford". The map is divided into 16 sections by fine black lines. There is a Roman numeral in the bottom right corner of each section. It is apparently an index map to the original which was in 16 sheets. The British Museum Catalogue (v.4, p.851) refers to this map as a "reduction from the original." Acquired as part of the Lord Cholmondely collection.
A map of the County of Stafford
A map of the County of Stafford
Printed map. "To the nobility, gentry and clergy of the County of Stafford, this map is respectfully inscribed by their obedient humble servant William Yates. Sold by I. Chapman, at the Royal Academy Pall Mall, London. Thos. Yates, at Stowe, Staffordshire, & by the author at the Custom House Liverpool." Visual Scale [1 inch = 1 Mile approximately]. Includes inset: [trigonometric map] “The following process is inserted to gratify the curious in geography...” Acquired as part of the Cholmondely Collection.
A map of the Island of St. John in the Gulf of St. Laurence divided into counties & parishes
A map of the Island of St. John in the Gulf of St. Laurence divided into counties & parishes
Printed map. "Improv'd from the late Survey of Captain Holland. Published as the Act direct April 6, 1775." Visual scale [30 mm=5 miles]. Includes inset, [Location map, Gulf of St. Laurence]. Includes 2 tables: "The Contents of the Respective Divisions of the Island of St. John" and "A List of Lots and Proprietors Names". In upper right margin, "XIII." Described in Catalogue of the National Map Collection, Public Archives of Canada, H12/204 - 1775, volume 1, p. 284: "The map was originally drawn in 1775 by A. Dury. The original map had a slightly different title ("A plan of the Island of...") and lacked the list of proprietors."
A map of the North Pole with all the territories that lye near it, known to us &c.
A map of the North Pole with all the territories that lye near it, known to us &c.
Printed map. "By H. Moll Geographer". Includes text. In upper right margin, "2". Donated by Dr. Karl Freeman, Hamilton, March 1995.
A map of the Peninsula of India from the 19th degree north latitude to Cape Comorin
A map of the Peninsula of India from the 19th degree north latitude to Cape Comorin
Printed map. Cartographer uncertain, probably William Faden. "Complied chiefly from paper communicated by the late Sir Archd. Campbell, the surveys of Col. Kelly, Capt. Pringle, &c. &c." Described in The British Museum Catalogue of Printed Maps... Volume 7, p.873. Acquired as part of the Cholmondely Collection.
A map of the VII United Provinces, with the Dutch, Austrian & French Netherlands; on a spheroidical projection
A map of the VII United Provinces, with the Dutch, Austrian & French Netherlands; on a spheroidical projection
Printed map. "By Eman: Bowen Geogr. to his late Majy." "Engrav'd for the General Magazine of Arts & Sciences, for W. Owen at Temple Bar 1761." Prime meridian: London. Originally published in Benjamin Martin's The General Magazine of Arts and Sciences, 14 volumes (London: Printed for W. Owen, 1755-1765). Acquired as part of the Hodsoll Collection.
A map of the West-Indies or the islands of America in the North Sea
A map of the West-Indies or the islands of America in the North Sea
Printed map. "According to ye newest and most exact observations by Herman Moll Geographer." "To Wil. Paterson Esq; this map of the West-Indies &c. is most humbly dedicated by Her. Moll Geographer." Three visual scales [102 mm=100 English and French leagues]. Prime meridian: London. Includes 6 insets: La Vera Cruz; A draught of ye bay & citty of Havana; The bay of Porto Bella; A draught of St. Augustin and its harbour; A draught of ye citty of Cartagena its harbour & forts; and, The city of Mexico in New Spain. Also includes text. Dr. Anthony MacFarlane West Indies Collection.
A map of the countries thirty miles round London, drawn and engraved from accurate surveys.
A map of the countries thirty miles round London, drawn and engraved from accurate surveys.
Printed map. "By Thos. Kitchin Geogr. Engraver to His Royal Highness the Duke of York." Visual scale [41 mm = 5 British Statute Miles]. Legend along bottom edge of map includes the note: “Figures annexed to a Place denote its Distance from London in Measured Miles.” Acquired as part of the Lord Cholmondely collection.
A map of the discoveries made by Capts. Cook & Clerke, in the years 1778 & 1779
A map of the discoveries made by Capts. Cook & Clerke, in the years 1778 & 1779
Printed map. At head of title, "Engraved for Hervey's New System of Geography." Title statement includes, "Also Mr. Hearn's discoveries to the north westward of Hudsons Bay." In lower right margin, "W. Palmer Sculp". "Published Jan. 1st 1785 for G. & T. Wilkie, St. Pauls Church Yard."
A map of the most inhabited part of New England, containing the provinces of Massachusets Bay and New Hampshire
A map of the most inhabited part of New England, containing the provinces of Massachusets Bay and New Hampshire
Printed map. Fourth state. "November 29th, 1774." Two visual scales. Prime meridian: London and Ferro. Includes 2 inset maps: A plan of the town of Boston and A plan of Boston Harbor from an accurate survey. Described in Sellers and Van Ee, Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies 1750-1789, entry 800, p. 173-174: "4th state... Date of imprint to 1774." Originally published 1755, 1768, 1769?
A map of the post towns and barracks ... in Ireland
A map of the post towns and barracks ... in Ireland
Printed map. Cartographer unknown. No scale given [35 mm = 10 miles approximately]. Map shows post towns, barracks for horse, barracks for foot and collections. Shows straight-line distances between places, no roads. Within title, a dedication note: To the rig t. honble. Lieut. General Thos. Pearce commanding his Maj's forces. Acquired as part of the Cholmondely Collection.
A map of the province of Upper Canada, describing all the new settlements, townships, &c.
A map of the province of Upper Canada, describing all the new settlements, townships, &c.
Printed map. "Compiled, at the request of His Excellency Major General John G. Simcoe, First Lieutenant Governor, by David William Smyth Esqr. Surveyor General." "April 12th, 1800." Described in Joan Winearls, Mapping Upper Canada 1780-1867, entry 30 (2), p. 14. McMaster also has a 2nd edition from 1813 (see RMC_107411), as well as several other states of the map showing the progression of development in Upper Canada over time (see RMC_107410 (1818), RMC_107413 (1838), RMC_107415 [circa 1845], RMC_107414 [1854], and RMC_107412 [1872?]).
A map of the province of Upper Canada, describing all the new settlements, townships, &c.
A map of the province of Upper Canada, describing all the new settlements, townships, &c.
Printed map. "Compiled from the original documents in the Surveyor General's Office." Visual scale [67 mm=60 English miles]. Misspelling in the publication statement with "Lodon", rather than "London". This map and several other states of the same map show the progression of development in Upper Canada over time: RMC_107411 (1813), RMC_107410 (1818), RMC_107413 (1838), RMC_107415 [circa 1845], RMC_107414 [1854], and RMC_107412 [circa 1872?]. Described in Winearls, Mapping Upper Canada 1780-1867, entry 30 (10), p. 15: "...(date removed from title) Same as 1843 map; also appeared in Wyld's A New General Atlas of Modern Geography (London [1852]), plate '59'." Acquired as part of the Hodsoll Collection.
A map of the province of Upper Canada, describing all the new settlements, townships, &c.
A map of the province of Upper Canada, describing all the new settlements, townships, &c.
Printed map. "Compiled, at the request of His Excellency Major General John G. Simcoe, First Lieutenant Governor, by David William Smyth Esqr. Surveyor General." Originally published "April 12th. 1800"; "second edition 1813." This map and several other states of the same map show the progression of development in Upper Canada over time: RMC_107411 (1813), RMC_107410 (1818), RMC_107413 (1838), RMC_107415 [circa 1845], RMC_107414 [1854], and RMC_107412 [circa 1872?]. Described in Winearls, Mapping Upper Canada 1780-1867, entry 30 (2), p. 15: "Countries revised to those of 1798; districts now shown: Eastern, Johnstown, Midland, Newcastle, Home, Niagara, London, and Western; a few twps have been added; some county names misspelled, e.g., 'Lenox and Haddington'; the shoreline has been enhanced by the addition of linework." Acquired as part of the Hodsoll Collection.

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