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Nice example of the Bowles & Carver map of New England, based upon Braddock Mead's 4-sheet map of 1755.

Originally printed by John Bowles circa 1765, the map is one of the earliest maps to include the names of the townships within New England, a number of which are not yet named. Other interesting annotations include a note in New Hampshire referncing "Wilderness Lands of the Crown not yet appropriated," and observations concerning "French Encroachments" in the region.

The map identifies a number of early forts on the Hudson River, just south of Lake Champlain. Fort Hunter and a reference to William Johnson appear north of Albany. with a road running west of the Hudson River north to Fort William Henry.

This is the sixth state of the map, which can be distinguished by the imprint of Bowles & Carver. Over the 30 year life of the map, the map was continuously revised, both geographically and a constantly changing title. According to Stevens & Tree, the states are as follows:

  • 1st state: John Bowles imprint
  • 2nd state: Carrington Bowles imprint-1st Jany. 1771.
  • 3rd state: New Title: Bowles's Map of the Seat of War in New England; Boston & Environs inset added.
  • 4th state: New Title: Bowles's New Pocket Map of the Most Inhabited Part of New England.
  • 5th state: Vermont is added, with a note "This States extends Northward to the 45th degree of Latitude.
  • 6th state: New Title: Bowles's New One-Sheet Map of New England, comprehending the Provinces . . .; Bowles & Carver imprint
Condition Description
Minor tear and minor loss of paper just inside neatline to the right of the title, just above and to the right of the "C" in Ocean, both expertly repaired on verso.
Tooley #32f; McCorkle 765.1, state 6; Fite and Freeman, A Book of Old Maps, no. 60.