Good example of this marvelous large format map of the Northern & Mid Atlantic Colonies, following the close of the French & Indian War. The map extends west to the confluence of the Ohio and Kentucky Rivers and includes a note that Elephant Bones were discovered in the region. The western part of the map shows numerous Indian Villages in the Ohio River Valley. Excellent detail throughout, including towns, rivers, lakes, mountains, islands, early forts, Indian Villages and other details. The map was issued to accompany Peter Kalm's Travels in North America, but this example has been dissected and laid early linen and may be a separately issued example (bearing the publication date of March 7th, 1771. The map shows some of the usual wear of having been on linen for 200 year, including minor loss at the fold intersections and edges, but is in generally very good condition. Kalm's work is one of the most important and reliable eighteenth-century accounts of American natural history, social organization, and political situation. Kalm gives especially important accounts of the American Swedish settlements. Kalm was in America in 1748-49 and made a notable trip into the back country of New York with naturalist John Bartram, as well as traveling in more settled regions. He was one of the most notable early American naturalists, and made important contributions to the study of American botany. Streeter Sale 823. Some lifting and chipping, but generally a good example.
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.