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A Map of North America, from the Latest Surveys and Maps by John Blair LLD & FRS,
London 1768 - First Edition, a copper engraved map of North America engraved by Thomas Kitchin , late colouring, a single sheet measuring 415mm by 570mm, with copperplate mark and margins measuring 468mm by 630mm, with good quality 6 line and wash border mount, overall measurement 580mm by 720mm, With fold marks as usual but in very good condition. This large detailed map was printed when Britain still held the thirteen American colonies prior to the American War of Independence. It is an important map of British North America showing the eastern territories. It maps Indian tribes, rivers, cities, towns and non existent islands on Lake Superior. John Blair, died 1782, Church of England Clergyman and Chronologist, was descended from the Blairs of Balthayock, Perthshire Scotland. He was born and educated in Edinburgh, where he trained for a career in the Church of Scotland along with Hugh Blair, Alexander Carlyle, John Home, William Robertson, and other young men who would become well known for their association with the Scottish Enlightenment. He visited London with a patrimony of several hundred pounds and remained in London for the rest of his life. In the early 1750's Blair issued proposals for printing by subscription the "General Chronology and History of the World" which was published in the summer of 1754. The book quickly became the standard work of its kind and was frequently reprinted throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. To the 1768 edition Blair added a set of fourteen large elegant engraved maps and "A Dissertation on the Rise and Progress of Geography". This series of fourteen maps were the only maps he ever published. A French translation of the Chronology and History of the World appeared in Paris in 1797 and there were several American editions in the 1820's. A London edition was published as late as 1904. The success of Blair's work led to the author's election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1755. In 1761 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Antiquaries.
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