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Description

Scarce Revolutionary War map of the region from the northern part of the Chesapeake and the mouth of the Delaware to Long Island, including all of New Jersey and most of Long Island and Delaware, along with parts of Maryland and Pennsylvania.

This is a reduced version of Bernard Romans Chorographical Map, of the Country, round Philadelphia, published in New Haven of 1798, of which there are two known examples.

The map is perhaps most noteworthy for the detailed depiction of the colonial roads in the Mid-Atlantic region, including the distances between the towns named on the map, one of the earliest reasonably obtainable maps to depict road distances in the American colonies. Shows towns, counties, roads, rivers, lake, islands, mountains, etc. A nice Revolutionary War period map of the region.

Condition Description
Minor foxing.
Reference
olly, D.C. (Brit Per) GENT-247; Phillips, P.L. (Maps) p.699; Klein, C.M. G76.6; Sellers & Van Ee #1041.
Gentleman's Magazine Biography

The Gentleman’s Magazine was a British publication that helped to normalize the use of maps in support of articles and features. It was founded in 1731 by the prominent London publisher Edward Cave, a pioneer in periodical journalism. The magazine continued in print for nearly two centuries, shuttering production in 1922.

This was the publication which first used the word “magazine”, from the French for storehouse. Cave wanted to create a storehouse of knowledge and he employed some of London’s best writers to fill his pages: Samuel Johnson gained his first regular employment by writing for the Gentleman’s Magazine. Other famous contributors included Jonathan Swift.

The publication covered a broad range of topics, from literature to politics, and, from 1739, frequently used maps as illustrations. The first map they printed was a woodcut of Crimea; the second was a fold-out map of Ukraine by Emanuel Bowen. Maps were used to show battle lines, to chronicle voyages, and to educate about areas with which Britain traded. Certain geographers, like Thomas Jefferys, contributed several maps to the publication.