Emanuel Bowen (cartographer); William Hogarth; et al.
London. D. Henry and R. Cave at St. John's Gate. 1754.
Volume XXIV. Bound volume for the year 1754 in what was a three-quarter leather binding, but with spine split with leather loss, covers detached and very worn and the text block split into three sections; 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches; title page and preface; 603 pp and index. Volume notable for map, "British American Plantations" by Bowen, which appears to have been handcolored by a previous owner. MISSING map:"Discoveries of Admiral de Fontes." Includes 27 handcolored plates of Baronets. Overall, contents in good condition, with plates bright and clean. Sold with all faults as a collection of maps (one map called for missing as noted). Present is a bright and clean copy of Bowen's "Map of the British American Plantations...from Boston...to Georgia." (9 x 11.5 inches.) This highly detailed map identifies the Plantations along the east coast and also English and French forts, the topography of the region and established trails leading inland to the Mississippi. It is particularly noteworthy for the delineation of Indian tribes to the west of the Blue Ridge Mountains; indeed, it is a preeminent map in this regard. There are six or more engraved portraits of eminent men. Also present in the volume is an account of George Washington's "Journey from Williamsburg to the French Fort, near the Lake Erri, in Virginia." The object of Washington's travels was to dissuade Native Americans from all dealings with the French. A fascinating volume warranting the renewal of covers and spine. Contents in overall very good condition, with occasional soiling and offset. Item #51546