London: Printed and Sold by Tho. Bowles next ye Chapter House in St. Pauls Church-yard, John Bowles, at the Black Horse in Cornhill and by I. King at ye Globe in ye Poultrey (sic) near Stocks Market, [c. 1735]. Maps. "One of the first and most important cartographic documents relating to the ongoing dispute between France and Great Britain over boundaries separating their respective American colonies...The map was the primary exponent of the British position during the period immediately following the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713" (Degrees of Latitude).
Known as the "Beaver Map", named for the industrious group of beavers working in the foreground of Niagara Falls. The map was published shortly after the War of Spanish Succession, intended as a counterattack on De L'Isle's territorial claims on behalf of the French. A wealth of descriptive detail provides information on such politically important topics as the British alliance with the Iroquois and French fishing rights in Newfoundland. There is also an excellent description of the Colonial postal routes, including delivery times. The map has five insets: one view and four maps. The view is of Niagara Falls with the beavers; in the lower left is an overview of the Florida, the Gulf Coast, and much of the interior Southeast; "Map of the Improved Part of Carolina with the Settlements"; in the lower right is a small overview of most of North America; and "A Draught of ye Town and Harbour of Charles-Town." The Charleston map shows a small walled town on the bank of the Cooper River. In the lower central portion of the image is a large dedication cartouche, "To the Honourable Walter Dowglass Esqr. Constituted Captain General and Chief Governor of all ye Leeward Islands in America..."
Copper engraved two-sheet map, joined, image size 40 1/4 x 24 1/8". The map has been restored, adding new margins. It is trimmed to the ruled margin on three sides, with a new bottom margin redrawn adding the longitudinal distances. Backed on acid free tissue. A vertical fold line within the map has some loss in blank areas, but with restoration to the letter "W" of "Western Ocean". This appears to be c. 1735, later state with Moll's name removed from the ""Printed and Sold by" line; Carolina inset divided into counties and Georgia added.
Period hand color in outline with some later color. A imperfect copy of an impressive and important map, priced accordingly. Good + overall. Item #10689