Folio (17 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.; 451 x 270 mm). BINDING: Expertly bound to style in half 18th century Russia over contemporary marbled paper covered boards, flat spine divided into seven compartments with gilt double fillets, red morocco lettering piece in the second compartment.
Closed split along fold, a few other folds with expertly repaired clean splits, minor toning and soiling to prospectus, which is untrimmed.
In 1753, Thomas Pownall came to America as the private secretary to Sir Danvers Osborn, the newly appointed colonial governor of New York. Shortly after arriving, however, Osborn died, leaving Pownall without a post. Curious about the colonies, however, Pownall remained in America, travelling widely in the region. Evidently of great enthusiasm and intelligence, Pownall met many of the most influential men in America at that time, including Benjamin Franklin. From this relationship, he was able to attend the 1754 Albany Conference and became involved in Indian affairs in the colony. Through that work and his relationship with Franklin, Pownall met surveyor Lewis Evans and in 1755, Evans published his famed Map of the Middle British Colonies, printed by Franklin and dedicated to Pownall. The map, the most accurate of the region at the time, was enormously influential, with multiple piracies being issued in London, and famously used by General Braddock during the French and Indian War.
Much of the cartography of the western parts of Evans's original map remained unchanged in the 1776 Pownall edition, but east of Philadelphia, Pownall has extended the plate to encompass all of New England, with the coast as far north as Nova Scotia. The cartography of this portion is derived from a number of sources, but includes Pownall's own explorations into the interior of Vermont and Maine, as well as the surveys conducted on behalf of Massachusetts Colonial Governor Sir Francis Bernard.
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