Wheat and Brun #1: a milestone in American map publishing

Bernard Romans ("Protracted by"), [A Map of the Whole Navigation.] [New York, 1774].
Engraved map, 9"h x 8.25"w, uncolored

The first world map engraved and printed in America.

This rare map appeared in the first American edition of Hawkesworth’s account of Cook’s first voyage, published in New York by James Rivington in 1774. The map is executed on a Mercator projection and indicates the tracks of voyages by Cook, Bougainville and Wallis.

At least one plate in the volume was engraved by Paul Revere, but this map was drawn and probably engraved by Bernard Romans (ca. 1720-ca. 1783), a Dutch-born navigator, naturalist, mapmaker and engineer who emigrated to the American colonies in or around 1757. He acted as an engineer in the Continental Army, but is best-known for his Concise Natural History of East and West Florida (1775), and also for maps of northern New England, Boston, and the mid-Atlantic states, as well as an important engraving of the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Wheat and Brun, Maps & Charts Published in America before 1800, #1


Old folds, top margin trimmed with a bit of loss to legend