8vo., (8 6/8 x 5 4/8 inches). 6 EXCEPTIONALLY FINE folding engraved maps with original hand-colour in outline (some minor offsetting). Contemporary calf backed marbled paper boards, the spine with six compartments with five raised bands, red morocco lettering-piece in one, the others with gilt-ruled borders.
Provenance: bookplate removed from front paste-down First edition of the "HOLSTER ATLAS", and AN ATTRACTIVE COPY.
Designed by its publishers Sayer and Bennett (successors to Thomas Jefferys) for British use in the field during the American Revolution, "a portable atlas...calculated in its bulk and price to suit the pockets of officers of all rank." However, since the atlas was mostly stowed in their holsters, it became widely known as the "holster atlas."
The maps are those "that the British high command regarded as providing essential topographical information in the most convenient form" (Schwartz & Ehrenberg), and include: "North America, as divided amongst the European Powers", and "A Compleat Map of the The West Indies, containing Coasts of Florida, Louisiana, New Spain, and Terra Firma: with all the Islands" by Samuel Dunn; "A General Map of the Northern British Colonies in America. Which comprehends the Province of Quebec, the Government of Newfoundland, Nova-Scotia, New England and New York" by Samuel Holland and Thomas Pownall (1776); "A General Map of the Middle British Colonies, in America. Containing Virginia, Maryland, the Delaware counties, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. With the addition of New York, and of the Greatest Part of New England, as also of the Bordering Parts of the Province of Quebec, improved from several surveys made after the late War, and Corrected from Governor Pownall's Late Map 1776" after Joshua Fry and Peter Jefferson, and Lewis Evans (central vertical fold strengthened with archival tissue); "A General Map of the Southern British Colonies, in America, comprehending North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida, with the Neighbouring Indian Countries..." after William de Brahm, Henry Mouzon, John Collett, and Bernard Romans; and "A Survey of Lake Champlain, including Lake George, Crown Point and St. John" by William Brassier. Howes A208; Sabin 1147; Schwartz & Ehrenberg page 190; Streeter sale 73. Catalogued by Kate Hunter