A MAP OF THE PROVINCE OF NEW-YORK, & PART OF NEW ENGLAND WITH A PART OF NEW FRANCE the whole Composed from Actual Surveys


A MAP OF THE PROVINCE OF NEW-YORK, & PART OF NEW ENGLAND WITH A PART OF NEW FRANCE the whole Composed from Actual Surveys

Item Information

Title:
A MAP OF THE PROVINCE OF NEW-YORK, & PART OF NEW ENGLAND WITH A PART OF NEW FRANCE the whole Composed from Actual Surveys
Cartographer:
Pfister, Francis, 1740-1777
Former owner:
George, III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820
Donor:
George, IV, King of Great Britain, 1762-1830
Surveyor:
Christie, Gabriel, 1722-1799
Name on Item:
Franc:is Pfister fecit.
Date:
1759
Format:
Maps/Atlases
Location:
British Library
Collection (local):
British Library Collection
Subjects:
New York (State)--Maps, Manuscript--Early works to 1800
New England--Maps, Manuscript--Early works to 1800
United States--History--French and Indian War, 1754-1763--Maps, Manuscript--Early works to 1800
Places:
New England (area)
New York
Notes:
Relief is shown pictorially.
Shows a scale of 16 miles to one inch.
The title appears in a decorative cartouche at lower left illustrated with the accoutrements of war and an allegorical America, wearing a feathered crown.
A manuscript note in pencil has been added to the map beneath the title cartouche; "done from actual Surveys by Major Christie 1759 (Catalogue)".
Shows roads.
Shows forts.
Shows three different lines of jurisdiction beween New York and New Jersey.
Bordered by graticule lines giving latitude and longitude.
An additional copy of the map is also held at The National Archives in Kew (CO 700/NewYork24) with the description " A Map of the Province of New York, part of New England with a part of New France ... from Actual Surveys ... by Francis Pfister, Ensign in the 1st Battalion, Royal American Regt, 1759. MS. 1 inch to 16 miles".
Compare a similar example of the map with accompanying plans of forts and towns in the King's Topographical Collection at Maps K.Top.121.2.
Compare Pfister's map at a larger size - see Add Ms 57,713.1.
From David Y. Allen's article "Comparing Eighteenth-Century Maps of New York State Using Digital Imagery" on the New York Map Society website at http://www.newyorkmapsociety.org/FEATURES/ALLEN.HTM#note21 ; "Captain (later Major) Christie is mentioned almost in passing in the journals of James Montresor, as is Francis Pfister. Both belonged to the Royal American Regiment, along with the two Montresors. See G.D. Scull, [Editor], The Montresor Journals, Collections of the New-York Historical Society, XIV (New York: New-York Historical Society, 1881), 53, 89, 90, 94. Nothing is said in Montresor's journals about Christie's activities as a surveyor, and there is even some uncertainty about his identity. Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers identifies him as “Charles Christie,” but gives no references ... Most probably, he is Gabriel Christie, who later became a major general and an important estate owner in Canada. Information about Gabriel Christie's life can be found in The Dictionary of Canadian Biography, and at http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/albany/bios/c/gachristie.html. But these sources say nothing directly about his activities (if any) as military surveyor."
Titled "A drawn Map of the Province of New York and part of New England, with a part of New France, by F. Pfister; from actual Surveys, by Major Christie, 1759 in the Catalogue of Maps, Prints, Drawings, etc., forming the geographical and topographical collection attached to the Library of his late Majesty King George the third, etc., London, 1829.
Titled 'A "map of the province of New York and part of New England, with a part of New France, the whole composed from actual surveys by Major Christie," in 1759; drawn by Francis Pfister, on a scale of 16 miles to an inch: 2 f. 2 in. x 1 f. 5 in.' in the Catalogue of the manuscript maps, charts, and plans, and of the topographical drawings in the British Museum.
The map shows parts of the present-day states of Pensylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont, and includes parts of Ontario. The geographic details has a focus along the courses of the rivers Hudson, Connecticut, Mohawk, Richelieu, Owsego, parts of the St Lawrence, and many tributaries. Detail extends from Montreal in the north to Burlington in the south, and from Long Island in the east to Oswego on Lake Ontario in the west.
Extent:
1 map : manuscript pen and ink with wash colour ; 65 x 41 cm
Scale:
Scale approximately 1:1,013,760
Language:
English
Catalog Record:
http://explore.bl.uk/BLVU1:LSCOP-ALL:BLL01004987657
Terms of Use:
No known copyright restrictions.
This work is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License (CC BY-NC-SA).
CC BY-NC-SA icon