The American Military Pocket Atlas; being An approved Collection of Correct Maps...Fleets and Armies Revolutionary War -- Atlas] Published by R. Sayer and J. Bennet, 1776

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The American Military Pocket Atlas; being An approved Collection of Correct Maps, both general and particular, of The British Colonies; Especially those which now are, or probably may be The Theatre of War: Taken principally from the actual Surveys and judicious Observations of Engineers De Brahm and Romans; Cook, Jackson and Collet; Maj. Holland, and other Officers, employed in His Majesty s Fleets and Armies

Revolutionary War -- Atlas]


Published by R. Sayer and J. Bennet, 1776
THE "HOLSTER ATLAS." First edition. London: Printed for R. Sayer and J. Bennet, [1776]. Octavo in 4s (8 3/4" x 5 1/2", 221mm x 140mm). A4(-A1) [chi]1 [$1 (A3) signed]. 8 leaves, pp. iii-v (title, blank, dedication) vi vii (advertisement) viii, [2] (list of maps, blank). With six folding engraved maps, hand-outlined. Bound in contemporary quarter calf over marbled boards (rebacked, with the original backstrip laid down). On the spine, five raised bands. In the panels, gilt fillets top-and-bottom. Title gilt to red morocco in the second panel. Rebacked (in 2021 by Judith Ivry), with the original backstrip laid down. Bowed, as one might expect. Worn at the extremities, and especially at the fore-corners. A little offsetting to the maps, and some splits at the folds (some repaired). Bookplate removed from the front paste-down. Shelfmark ("R.pj/1.5") ink manuscript to the upper fore-edge of the verso of the first free end-paper. Altogether, a very good copy in boards. Sayer and Bennet succeeded the great English mapmaker Thomas Jefferys in providing official maps for the British military. The importance of the undated map is exemplified by a few words in the title: "those which now are, or probably may be The Theatre of War." Published before hostilities actually emerged, the maps had an eye to where the battles would emerge. This collection of six maps (North America, West Indies, Northern Colonies, Middle Colonies, Southern Colonies, Lake Champlain) was calibrated to be accessible and useful to officers of whatever rank; so much did it become standard-issue that it came to be known as the holster atlas, finding its place in officers' saddles. No bibliographer seems ever to have seen A1 (Streeter presumes it is the half-title). Likelier seems that A3 is in fact A2, and that the collation is simply A4. Howes A208, Sabin 1147; Schwartz-Ehrenberg p. 109, Streeter I:73.