The Provinces of NEW YORK, and NEW JERSEY; with part of PENSILVANIA, and the Governments of TROIS RIVIERES, and MONTREAL: drawn by Major Holland, Surveyor General, of the Norther District in America. / A Chorographical Map of the Country between Albany, Oswego, Fort Frontenac, and Les Trois Rivieres; Exhibiting all the Grants made by the French Governors on Lake Champlain; & between that Lake & Montreal.
1776 (dated) 53 x 21 in (134.62 x 53.34 cm)
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One of the most important, influential, and comprehensive American Revolutionary War Era map of New York, New Jersey, Vermont, and the Hudson Valley corridor, this is an final 1776 state of Major Samuel Holland and Thomas Jeffrey's Provinces of New York and New Jersey…
Holland's map illustrates the important trade corridor between New York and Montreal, specifically detailing from Delaware Bay northward including parts of eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Long Island, New York Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont as well as the Iroquois League, the Trois Rivieres territories and Montreal, as far as Lac St. Pierre in modern day Quebec. In the lower right quadrant, a scenic cartouche illustrates the wide and easily navigable expanse of the Hudson River – surely an enticement to the region.
Holland completed the initial surveys for this map this map in 1767 and 1768 as part of his role as New York – New Jersey Boundary Commissioner. New York and New Jersey were at the time disputing their north-western border, particularly in the vicinity of Morris County (currently New Jersey). The area of that dispute, between the Evans NW line and the Boundary commission line of 1769, is here highlighted. Holland was commissioned by the Board of Trade to produce a new survey elaborating on the points of contention. This resulted in a manuscript map (not lost) that was presented to the Board of Trade in 1768. The issue was settled in 1769 along the Holland Boundary Commission Line.
Jefferys, as Geographer to the King, would have been among the first to have access to Holland's map and would have had the right to use it without Holland's permission. As Powell suggests, it is likely that the 'Name of Holland is put, without his Knowledge or Consent.' Jefferys quickly incorporated this valuable cartographic data into a new and expansive map that detailed not only the New York – New Jersey border region, but the entire Hudson Valley as far north as Montreal. In order to expand the map northward beyond the scope of Holland's surveys Jefferys relied on the cartography established by Lewis Evans (Hudson Valley, Lake Ontario) and Cadwallader Colden (St. Lawrence region). The proto-Vermont land grants are also noted. There can be little doubt that Jefferys was aware of the anti-colonial sentiment brewing in the New England colonies and thus recognized the imminent need for a new, highly accurate, large scale map of what he correctly foresaw as the seat of the upcoming conflict.
The present map represents the final state of this important map. All states are uncommon, but the fifth and final state rarely appears on the market.
- 1768 – Preliminary State. No difference in the printing from the First State, but the colorist presents a different New York – New Jersey Border.
- 1768 – First state. No insets in the upper quadrants, no date on imprint.
- June 15, 1775 – Second State. Robert Sayer imprint added. Dated June 15, 1775 at bottom.
- December 20, 1775 – Third State. Dated as such at the bottom of the map. The title at the top of the map 'Corographical…' has been removed. Inset maps of New York City, Albany, and the mouth of the Hudson River have been added at the top of the map.
- August 17, 1776 – Fourth State. Holland's rank changed to 'Major'. New information attributed to Governor Pownall added. Imprint changed to Sayer and Bennet. Dated August 17, 1776.
- August 17, 1776 – Fifth State. Jefferys name is removed from the plate. Dated at bottom. (Current state.)
Samuel Holland (1728 - 1801) was a surveyor and cartographer of extraordinary skill and dedication. Holland was born in the Netherlands in 1728 and, at 17, joined the Dutch Army where he attained the rank of Lieutenant. Around 1754 Holland emigrated to England where he joined the newly forming American Regiment. His skills as a cartographer and surveyor brought him to the attention of his superiors who offered him steady promotion. In 1760 he prepared an important survey of the St. Lawrence River system. It was during this survey that Holland met a young James Cook, who he mentored in the art of surveying. Cook, best known for his exploration of the Pacific, developed many of his own revolutionary nautical surveying techniques based the systems he learnt from Holland. In 1762 Holland caught the attention of the Commission of Trade and Plantations, who governed the British Crown Colonies in America. Under the umbrella of the Trade Commission Holland prepared surveys of the Hudson River Valley and other New York properties. In 1764 he was named "Surveyor General for the Northern District", the position in which he did much of his most important work. Holland is best known for his seminal cartography and surveying done in an attempt to sort out the New York - New Jersey border conflict. Following his work in New York Holland relocated to Canada where, with his new wife of just 21 years, he sired seven children. Samuel Holland died in Quebec in 1801.
Thomas Jefferys (1695 - 1771) was one of the most prominent and prolific map publishers and engravers of his day. Our first records of Jefferys appear in the 1735 when he was apprenticed to Emmual Bowen. Later, in the 1740s he engraved several maps for the popular periodical The Gentlemans' Magazine. Around 1740 Jefferys was finally able to go into business for himself and in 1746 received an appointment as "Geographer to Fredrick, Prince of Wales", which shortly after translated to the position of "Royal Cartographer to King George III". While not specifically a cartographer, Jefferys specialized in compiling and re-engraving the works of earlier cartographers into coherent cartographic wholes. While not salaried position, Jefferys appointment as "Royal Cartographer" allowed him preferential access to the most up to date cartographic material available. He his best known for his maps of the America, particularly The American Atlas, which included some of the finest and most important late colonial ear maps of America ever published. Despite his prolific publishing history, royal appointments, and international publishing fame, Jefferys lived most of his life in dire economic straits. It is recorded that he had to be bailed out of bankruptcy by the Sayer firm during the publication of The American Atlas. In the end Jefferys died with very little. Nonetheless, his cartographic legacy survived him, even after his death in 1771, many of his important maps continued to be published and republished by Sayer and Bennet, Lotter, La Rouge, and others. Many attribute some of Jefferys best maps to the colorful and criminally inclined cartographic genius Braddock Mead, who is considered the "secret behind Jefferys". Jefferys was succeeded by his son, also Thomas, who had little success as a cartographer and eventually sold his stock to William Faden.
Robert Sayer (1725 - 1794) and John Bennett (fl. 1770-1784) were an important English map and print publishing duo of the mid to late 18th century. In 1747 Sayer acquired the firm of Philip Overton from his sister-in-law, Mary Overton. From his London office on 55 Fleet St., Sayer began republishing the Overton map stock while acquiring and expanding the business with plates from other printers - including maps, portraits, and nautical engravings. Sayer partnered with Bennett sometime in the late 1760s. They published numerous works by various cartographers including Kitchen, Jefferys, Belling, d'Anville, among others. Upon Sayer's death, after nearly 50 years in the map trade, the firm was acquired by Laurie and Whittle, who would continue to republish revised and updated editions of his work for many years to come.
Good. Various minor repairs. Loos to upper left corner expertly filled in manusript. Upper margin added past neatline.
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