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John Rocque, Mary Anne Rocque
A GENERAL MAP OF NORTH AMERICA; In which is Express'd The Several New Roads, Forts, Engagements, &c. taken from Actual Surveys and Observations Made in the Army employ'd there, From the Year 1745, to 1761: Drawn by the Late JOHN ROCQUE, Topographer to his MAJESTY.
London: Andrew Dury, 1762. An astonishing copy of John and Mary Ann Rocque's seminal map of North America: The most accurate map of the continent at the time, finalized and published by the first female cartographer to depict North America.This exceptional map checks all the boxes. It is rare. It is beautiful. Furthermore, it constitutes an important milestone in the mapping of America, being an incredibly accurate and comprehensively detailed chart. It is spectacular in every way, from its wall-map dimensions across the dramatic coloring of the colonies, to the elaborate title cartouche, flanked by the great pine forests of North America, and held in place by two rather exotic looking gentlemen, which we must presume represent the noble indigenous peoples of these lands. Essentially, each component of the map serves a purpose and contributes to its visual impact. When seeing all the components in unison, it is like witnessing the cartographic version of a great symphony. But more than that, it is an excellent summary of the state of geographical knowledge in 1762. It is consequently not surprising that the chart was included in George Washington's personal composite atlas (i.e. not the published The George Washington Atlas). General Washington, who himself was an accomplished surveyor and cartographer, knew that this chart was the finest rendition of the Americas available to him at the time. The atlas was acquired by the Yale Map Department in 1970 and subsequently left in the archives. It was only when a new inventory was compiled in the mid 2000s that this incredible pr … [Click Below for Full Description]
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