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Nice example of John Reid's map of Rhode Island, the second folio map of the state to appear in a commercial atlas. The map is drawn largely from Caleb Harris' map, which is generally regarded as the earliest printed map of Rhode Island and the first map printed in the state. It shows counties, townships, towns, roads, rivers, lakes, islands a town plan for Newport, compass rose, etc. Part of Block Island is also shown. The map was engraved by Benjamin Tanner. An essential map of Rhode Island collectors. John Reid's American Atlas was the second folio sized atlas published in the US. Reid's atlas was originally issued to accompany Winterbotham's Historical, Geographical, Commercial and Philosophical View of the United States. It was originally issued with 20 maps, which were engraved by Benjamin Tanner (9), David Martin (5), D. Anderson (2), John Scoles and John Roberts. Two of the maps are without credits. Ellicott's plan of Washington D.C. was added to a few examples. Because the printed locally then shipped to Reid, the atlas often appears with irregularly discolored paper, making this example all the more desirablel. Two inch inch fold splits, else a good example with a rich dark impression. Wheat & Brun 254; Chapin 54.

John Reid Biography

Following Mathew Carey’s publication of the American Atlas in 1795, the second large format atlas published in America was produced by John Reid of New York in 1796. The project began as an atlas to accompany William Winterbotham’s An Historical, Geographical, Commercial and Philosophical View of the United States, but was also sold separately under the title The American Atlas.

Reid’s atlas included 20 maps. In addition, John Russell’s plan of Washington, D.C. is also bound into some copies of the Atlas. Reid’s atlas was a collaborative work, with 9 of the maps engraved by Benjamin Tanner, 5 by David Martin, two by D. Anderson and one each by John Scoles and John Roberts. Two of the maps do not include engraving credits. Each of the engravers was probably working in New York (including Tanner, who had not yet relocated to Philadelphia). According to the various entries for the maps in Wheat & Brun, the cartographic content of the maps is drawn largely from Carey’s first atlas of 1795.