New Map of the Whole continent of America, Divided Into North and South and West Indies. wherein are exactly Described The United States of North America as well as The Several European Possessions according to the Preliminaries of Peace signed at Versailles Jan. 20 1783. Compiled from Mr. D'Anville's Maps of that continent, with the addition of the Spanish Discoveries in 1775 to the North of California & Corrected in the several parts belonging to Great Britain, from the Original Materials of Governor Pownall, MP [Part 1 of 2]
Robert Sayer (1725-1794) was a publisher and map and print seller who published much of his contemporaries' work including the work of Thomas Kitchin, Bellin and d'Anville (Moreland and Bannister, 172). He worked with Philip Overton beginning in 1745 utnil Overton died in 1751. Sayer then continued to work on his own. He published Rocque's small "British Atlas" (1753), "map of Atlantic" (1757) and "Large English Atlas" (1760). He later collaborated with Herbert and reissued many works by John Senex (?-1740). After cartographer, Thomas Jefferys, went bankrupt, Sayer took some of Jeffreys' assets and with Jefferys published "General topographic map of North America and the West Indies" (1768) and "Middle British Colonies in America" (1768, 1775). In 1770, Sayer was joined by John Bennett. In 1771, Jefferys died and most of his business passed to William Faden while some of his plates stayed in Sayer's hands. Sayer and Bennet then published "General Atlas" (1773), "North American Atlas' (17750, "North American Pilot" (1775-6), "American Military pocket Atlas" (1776), "West India Atlas" (1775), and "Complete Channel Pilot" (1781). In 1781 Bennett retired and then died in 1787. Sayer continued to work on his own until his own retirement in 1792. He then sold his plates and business to Robert Laurie and James Whittle (Tooley, 561).
Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville (1697-1782) was a French cartographer. He lived in Paris and served as the Royal geographer to the king. D'Anville was known for his critical approach to cartography and his talent as a cartographer, having created his first map at age 15 (Moreland and Bannister, 132-3). He was elected to the Académie des Sciences in 1773. During his lifetime, he was highly prolific, compiling over 200 maps (Tooley, 18). In 1735, he created maps for P"ere J.B. du Halde's "Description geographique de la Chine." Among cartographers, d'Anville was the first to provide an accurate picture of China (Moreland and Bannister, 132-3). His works include "France" (1719), "L'Ethiope Orientale" (1727), "Atlas de la Chine" (1737), "North America" (1746), "South America" (1748), "Africa" (1749), "Asia" (1751), "World" (1761) and "General Atlas" (1731 and onward) (Moreland and Bannister, 132-3; Tooley, 18).
Thomas Pownall (1722-1805) was a governor of New Jersey and Massachsettels. His map works include "North America" (1776, 1783, 1794), "New York and New Jersey" (1776), and "Chart of Gulf Stream" (1787) (Tooley, 517).
This map was first issued in 1772. It was re-issued with some additions in 1783 (Wagner, 348, entry 692).
Source(s): Moreland, Carl and David Bannister. "Antique Maps: A Collector's Handbook." New York: Longman Group, Ltd., 1983.
Tooley, Ronald Vere. "Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers." Hertfordshire: Map Collector Publications Limited, 1979.
Wagner, Henry R. "The Cartography of the Northwest Coast of America to the year 1800 Volume 2." Berkeley: University of California Press, 1937.
Wheat, Carl I. “Mapping the Transmississippi West.” Volume 1. San Francisco: Institute of Historical Cartography, 1957.
1 map on 2 sheets; whole map 104 x 119 cm., sheet 54 x 123 cm.
Original call number written in ink in lower left corner. Brown stain in lower left corner. Original call number written in pencil in upper right corner. Has binder's guard. Printed in upper right corner on verso: "28." Some color has bled through to verso.
Digital Reproduction Information
Scanned from original map at 600 dpi in TIFF format, resized and enhanced at 400 ppi using Adobe Photoshop, and imported as JPEG2000 using ContentDM's software JPEG2000 Extension. 2008.
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