28 results, ordered by Publication Date

Unusual 18th-century map of the British Empire

An interesting map depicting the tremendous reach of the British Empire in the middle of the 18th century. The map depicts the Atlantic basin, including the western portions of Europe and Africa, eastern North America, and the Caribbean. A combination of coloring and underlining are used to indicate British possessions, both present and “ancient.” Extensive […]

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1755 Anti Gallicans Map

The Anti Gallicans Map of North America

An iconic propaganda map, the 1755 Anti Gallicans Map is the most extreme cartographic statement of British imperial claims in North America at the outset of the French and Indian War. The Society or Order of Anti Gallicans was organized in 1745 or -46 in response to the renewed hostilities with France, known now as King […]

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A MAP OF NEW ENGLAND & ye Country adjacent, extending Northward to Quebec, & Westward to Niagara, on Lake Ontario; shewing Gen: Shirley and Gen: Johnson’s Routes, & many places omitted in other Maps; Communicated by a Gentleman who resided in these parts. London: W. Owen, [November] 1755.

1755 map of the northern theatre of the French and Indian War

An interesting 1755 map from the Grand Magazine depicting the northern theatre of the French and Indian War, issued at the end of a year of almost unmitigated disasters for the British.  In 1755 Major General Braddock, British Commander-in-Chief in North America, had designed a three-pronged campaign to turn back French incursions that threatened the […]

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A scarce composite atlas of the French and Indian War

An interesting composite atlas published at the outset of the French and Indian War, likely hurried into print by le Rouge to meet demand for information about events in North America. The plates primarily depict towns and forts in North America and the Caribbean, but the atlas also includes two smaller-scale maps of Canadian subjects. […]

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Rare French and Indian War cartoon

A fantastic, if premature, political cartoon predicting British victory in the French and Indian War.    The title of the print refers to one of the opening battles of the War, when on June 8, 1755 off Newfoundland a squadron under Admiral Boscawen captured two French ships loaded with reinforcements for Louisbourg. Boscawen’s aggression, the print […]

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First state of the finest 18th-century map of New England

The first state of the pre-eminent 18th-century map of New England, eminently desirable for its geographic and political significance, tremendous visual appeal, and extreme rarity. Offered here in a superb example. Issued in 1755, Map of the Most Inhabited Part of New England was the largest-scale and most detailed and accurate portrait of New England to […]

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A rare composite atlas of the French and Indian War

An interesting composite atlas published at the outset of the French and Indian War, likely hurried into print by le Rouge to meet demand for information about events in North America. The images primarily depict towns and forts in North America and the Caribbean, but the atlas also includes two smaller-scale maps of Canadian subjects. Most are […]

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Color printing. [Jacques-Fabien] Gautier [D’Agoty] / Gautier fils (engraver), CARTE ABR[E]GEE du CANADA levee sur les lieux par M.*** resident a Quebec année 1754. Paris: [Gautier], 1755.

18th-century cartographic color printing, by Gautier D’Agoty

A rare and fascinating thematic map of northeastern North America by a French artist, printer, anatomist and crackpot geologist, remarkable also as an early example of color printing. A former pupil of Jacob Christoph Le Blon, and a pioneer in color-printing, Jacques Fabien Gautier D’Agoty (1717-1785) improved on the methods of his teacher by developing […]

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