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18th Century Saddle Bag Maps

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The convenience of having maps that fold into a small size has been obvious every since maps became items that were sold to the general public. For those wanting to take a map with them when they traveled, these maps could be slipped into a saddle-bag, pocket or pouch to be carried on horseback, carriage or boat. It became common in the eighteenth century to make folding maps, usually called "saddle bag maps," by dissecting the map into smaller sections, mounting the sections on linen with small gaps between, then folding the map into a compact bundle. Saddlebag maps were usually made from maps that also appeared in atlases, but these folding examples would have been the copies of those maps that were used in the field. These are of particular interest both because they are maps that were used, as opposed to simply sitting on a bookshelf in a library, and because they are much rarer than the typical atlas map.


Samuel Holland. "The Provinces of New York, and New Jersey; with part of Pensilvania, and the Governments of Trois Rivieres and Montreal." London: R. Sayer & T. Jefferys, 1775. Separately issued "saddle bag" map: dissected into 16 sections, newly backed onto buckram and folded into modern, hand-made carry case. 54 x 21 1/4. Original outline hand color. Paper age toned and with a few chips and stains. Overall, very good condition. Stevens & Tree, 44b.

An unusual, elongated map by Capt. Samuel Holland, the first Surveyor General for the Northern District of British North America. It shows from the entrance of the Delaware Bay to Quebec, with special emphasis on eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and both sides of the Hudson River, up Lake Champlain and then up the Richelieu River to the Saint Lawrance. Holland was a Dutch military engineer in the British army and a fine draftsman; he was appointed by the King as the first Surveyor General for the northern region. It contains impressive detail of towns, roads, rivers and mountains. In the lower right corner is an especially fine title cartouche depicting a scene of the Hudson River at the `Topan Sea' (present-day Tapanzee). This view was taken from Thomas Pownall's print published in the Scenographia Americana, with the cliff face used for the title information. This is a excellent example of an important American map. $5,200



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