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Rare 2-sheet map of the British Colonies in North America, based upon John Mitchell's seminal 8-sheet map of North America, shortly before the start of the French & Indian War.

The pair of maps appeared with a detailed 4 part account of North America published in the Gentleman's Magazine of Arts & Sciences in London in 1755. The maps illustrate a decidedly British view of the then hotly contested boundaries between the French & British controlled regions in North America, including a number of highly controversial claims to regions then primarily occupied by the French. Among the more controversial claims, the map identifieds "the Bounds of the Six Nations, the Bounds of Hudson Bay by the Treaty of Utrecht, and Northern Bounds of New England by Charter Nov. 3rd 1620, and which extends Westward to the Sth. Sea." Filled with other interesting notations and the locations of Indian tribes, villages, forts and early settlements.

The pair of maps is quite scarce on the market, this being the first time we have offered the maps (individually or as a pair) in the past 15 years (we previously sold this same set in 2005). The full titles of the two maps are:

A Map of the British and French Settlements in North America [Part the First] Containing Canada, Nova Scotia, New found land, New England, part of New York with the Lakes, Six Nations, and all the Countries Westward in the same Parrallels so far as Discover'd, exhibiting the just Boundaries & the French Encroachments. Laid Down from Authentic Surveys. [and]

A Map of the British and French Settlements in North America [Part the second] containing Part of New York; Pensilvania; New Jersey, Mary Land; Virginia; North & South Carolina; Georgia; Louisiana, and all the Countries Westward in the same Parrallels so far as Discovered, shewing the Course of the Rivers Ohio, Missisipi &c, exhibiting the just Boundaries & the French Encroachments. Laid Down from Authentic Surveys.