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Fine example of Dury's chart of the Delaware River, prepared in the early part of the American Revolutionary War.

Dury's chart is an early derivative of Joshua Fisher's "most important Philadelphia-vicinity plan" -- Snyder.

Fisher's chart shows the lower part of the bay and was intended to be used as a navigational aid for ships sailing toward Philadelphia. In 1775, Fisher produced an expanded chart that showed the bay and the Delaware River to just beyond Philadelphia. This was the most important map of the bay and river in the 18th century.

The map is oriented to the west so that Philadelphia lies at the far right, and Cape Henlopen at the far left. Navigational information is copious in the bay, and the main shipping lane is indicated to Philadelphia, with depths indicated along it. A list of Pilots and Masters of Vessels attesting to the accuracy of the chart in included..

Dury's edition of the map is rarest of the full size copies of Fisher's chart, the Philadelphia edition being unobtainable to most collectors It is also the best engraved and most attractive of the editions, incorporating a number of sailing ships into the image and generally employing a much more elegant engraving style than the Faden edition of the map.

Condition Description
Fine example
Sellers & Van Ee 1359; Snyder, M.P. #265c.
Andrew Dury Biography

Andrew Dury (fl. 1766-1777?) was a British map and print publisher who operated out of Duke's Court on St. Martin's Lane in London. He was an accomplished mapmaker but substantially less successful than contemporaries such as Thomas Jefferys or William Faden, and his maps are relatively quite rare. Dury's name is most commonly associated with Rennell's large Indian maps. Dury was also responsible for Revolutionary War era plans of Boston and Philadelphia, as well as a series of maps related to the Russo-Turkish War of 1768-74.