Important early chart of the coast of South Carolina and Georgia, the second large format map of the region published in America.
State 1 of Norman's rare coastal chart, the second earliest chart of the Georgia Coastline published in America. The map is exceptionally detailed for the period, with a wonderful primitive engraving style indicative of 18th Century American printing.
State 1 can be identified by the inclusion of the name "Shute's Folly" in th inset of Charleston Harbor, just below the town of Charles Town at the mouth of Cooper's River. This edition of the map was unknown to Wheat & Brun and other historians, until discovered by Tom Suarez.
The American Revolution brought an end to Britain's leading role in the mapping of America. The task now fell to the American publishing industry, still in its infancy, but with direct access to new surveys that were documenting the rapid growth of the nation. In particular, there was a need for nautical charts for use by the expanding New England commercial fleets. The first American marine atlas, Matthew Clark's A Complete Set of Charts of the Coast of America, was published in Boston in 1790.
In 1791 John Norman of Boston first published The American Pilot, containing the navigation of the sea coast of North America.... Norman's Pilot was the second sea atlas published in America, the first being by William Clark, published in 1789-1790. (Norman also had a part in Clark's "Pilot," as he was the engraver for a majority of the charts. In 1794, William Norman appeared as the publisher of this Pilot, taking over from John Norman.