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"One of the most authoritative and comprehensive atlases of America" - Ristow

It compares well with the Pownall map in size and scope, from which many of its parts were developed. It also provides the definitive delineation of the thirteen colonies during the Revolutionary War era and extensive reconnaissance mapping of French Canada, including Newfoundland.

The present second edition, issued in 1776, includes "A New Map of the Province of Quebec," which represents a significant addition, in place of Jeffreys' "The Middle British Colonies," and a second issue of Samuel Holland's "The Provinces of New York and New Jersey," published on 20 December 1775.


Condition Description
Folio. Letterpress title and index leaf, otherwise engraved throughout, 23 engraved maps on 30 sheets, of which one is single page, 11 double-page, and 18 folding, by Henry Mouzon, William Scull, Lewis Evans, and others, all on guards, each map handcolored in outline, contemporary manuscript numbering to verso of maps; some foxing, browning, staining, and offsetting throughout, sheet 2 with pen mark to lower left quadrant and right edge repaired, sheet 5 with some browning, staining, and closed tear to fold repaired, lower edge of sheet 17 repaired, sheet 20 with repair to closed split to fold, right and left edges of sheet 23 repaired, left edge of sheet 24 repaired, a few minor marginal repairs to other sheets (3, 4, 9, 16, 26, 29, and 30). Expertly bound to style in half eighteenth-century russia over contemporary marbled paper covered boards, spines with raised bands in 7 compartments, gilt-lettered morocco label to second, others with repeat decoration in gilt; minor rubbing to boards, endpapers renewed.
Celebration of My Country 19; Howes J-81; Phillips, cf. 1166, 1165; Ristow (bibliographical note, in American Atlas [facsimile of 1776 edition], 1973); Sabin 35953, note
Sayer & Bennett Biography

Sayer & Bennett refers to the partnership of Robert Sayer (ca. 1724-1794) and John Bennett (fl. 1760-d.1787), which lasted between 1774 and 1783. Bennett had been Sayer’s apprentice. The pair specialized in American atlases, based on the work of Thomas Jefferys, who plates had been acquired by Sayer when Jefferys went bankrupt in 1766. They also began publishing navigational charts in the 1780s and quickly became the largest supplier of British charts in the trade. However, in 1783 Bennett lost control of his mental faculties and the partnership dissolved as a result. Sayer’s business was later passed to his employees, Robert Laurie and James Whittle.