Rare miniature map of the Great Lakes, Canada and Northeastern US, from the rare 1792 edition of Gibson's Atlas Minimus. The map extends to west of Lake Michigan, where notes regarding the boundary with the 6 Nations and the many Indians of the west are included. Includes several early forts and other details. This is the rare second edition of the map, which includes reference to the United States. The three prior editions of 1758, 1772 and 1778 all reference the English Settlements only. McCorckle 758.4
John Gibson flourished in London from 1748 to 1773. He was most likely born ca. 1724. As a young man he was apprenticed to John Blunbell of the Stationers Company, and then to John Pine. He was made free of the Company in 1748. Gibson proved a talented geographer and engraver who produced numerous maps, especially for books and magazines. He worked in collaboration with other map sellers such as Emanuel Bowen and John Roque. His best-known work was the pocket atlas, The Atlas Minimus (1758). Although little is known about his life beyond his publications, he was imprisoned for debt in King’s Bench from May to June of 1765.