FRENCH & INDIAN WAR - [BOWEN, Emanuel (c.1720-67) and John GIBSON (fl. 1750-1792)]
An Accurate Map of North America describing ... The British, Spanish and French Dominions ... according to the Definitive Treaty concluded at Paris, 10th Feb. 1763 ...m
London: Robert Sayer, . Engraved map on four joined sheets, hand coloured, sectioned and linen backed at a contemporary date. Overall sheet size: 42 1/8 x 47 3/8 inches. Housed in a tan cloth box.
An early issue of Bowen and Gibson's impressive wall map of North America: the first issue following the end of the French and Indian War.
Bowen and Gibson's map was first issued in about 1755 under the title An Accurate Map of North America. It was reprinted and served as a template for the enormous political changes of the next forty years, attesting to its importance. Aside from its stunning visual impact, Bowen and Gibson's map teems with information, including numerous Native American placenames in the western areas, native tribal regions, notes and routes of early roads, and the forts along the Mississippi and to the west of the Appalachians. The two insets are of Baffin and Hudson's Bays, and the mouth of the Colorado River, the latter map based on the explorations of Eusebio Kino. The roccoco cartouche is particularly attractive and features a Native American couple with their small child and a group of indigenous animals: beaver, alligator, parrot and the skin of a mountain lion. The present issue was the first to the published following the French and Indian War, and includes the boundaries as reflected by the Treaty of Paris of 1763.
Stevens & Tree, "Comparative Cartography" 49b, in Tooley, The Mapping of America; Degrees of Latitude 36; Phillips, A List of Maps of America, p. 589.