The Province of Pennsylvania on the Eve of the American Revolution
Important Revolutionary War-era map of Pennsylvania, compiled by Sayer & Bennett, primarily from William Scull's landmark map.
This large and impressive map of the colony of Pennsylvania was published just a few months after the battle of Lexington and Concord. The map relies heavily on the landmark map executed by William Scull in 1770. Scull's original map is exceedingly rare, and noteworthy for showing the extensive Pennsylvania frontier, including western roads, paths, forts, and other buildings, and the newly executed Mason-Dixon line.
Sayer & Bennett provide a revised and improved version of Scull's map, with clearer topographical delineations and including latitude and longitude markers. These improvements were likely added to aid British troops fighting in North America.
Issued separately and also as part of Jeffery's American Atlas, this map was perhaps the single most widely distributed and influential map of Pennsylvania of its time, and the primary image of Pennsylvania at the outset of the Revolution which would have been available to the American, British and European public.