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Friday, July 22, 2011

Map of the Day: ""A map of the most inhabited part of New England containing the provinces of Massachusets Bay and New Hampshire with the colonies of Konektikut and Rhode Island" Jeffreys, Thomas (ca. 1719-1771)

Thomas Jefferys’ Exceptionally Rare 1st Edition, 1st Issue Map of New England
Thomas Jefferys (ca. 1719-1771)
"A map of the most inhabited part of New England containing the provinces of Massachusets Bay and New Hampshire with the colonies of Konektikut and Rhode Island"
24 x 39 inches each
Engraving with original hand color
November 1755

Jefferys was born around 1719, and served as Geographer to King George III. He was the leading map supplier of his day, engraving and printings maps for the government and other official bodies while also producing a wide array of commercial maps and atlases. His unparalleled works usually focused on the regions of North America. Regarding this exceptionally rare 1st edition map, as it states in Barbara Backus McCorkle’s book titled New England in Early Printed Maps 1513 to 1800, “While Jeffreys published the map, it was apparently drawn by Braddock Mead, alias John Green. The map was reissued ca. 1759, spelling of Konektikut changed to Conecticut. Several geographical changes were made to the map for reissues ca. 1763 and 1768, and the inset of “Part of Iroquois Lake” replaced by “A Plan of the Town of Boston.” Date and imprint altered twice subsequently: “November 29th 1774 by Thos. Jeffreys” and “Laurie & Whittle...1794.” A French edition was published by LeRouge in 1777. Tobias Conrad Lotter published an edition in 1776, and Johann Michael Probst engraved a new plate, with several changes, in 1777. All these foreign editions had titles in English, although Probst added a second title in Latin: “Tabula geographica cultissimam delineans Novae Angliae partem.”

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