1 April 2014
ROSS, John (fl. 1762-1789.) Course of the River Mississipi from the Balise to Fort Chartres, taken on an expedition to the Illinois in the later end of the year 1765.. improved from surveys of that river made by the French. London: Robert Sayer, 1 June 1775.
Engraved map of the Mississippi river on two joined sheets, contemporary hand-coloring in outline, image 1134 x 356 mm (1167 x 536 mm sheet). (Some minor offsetting and marginal browning.)
FIRST EDITION, second issue, of the first map of the Mississippi based on English sources, following the first issue of 1772, with alterations in the New Orleans region, including the addition of Forts St. Leon and St. Mary. An attractive map of the central and lower course of the Mississippi, by Lieutenant Ross of the 34th Regiment, showing the various settlements, forts and villages along the river with notes on historical events relating to various Indian wars. Published in Thomas Jefferys The American Atlas: Or A Geographical Description of the Whole Continent of America. London: Printed and sold by R. Sayer and Bennett, 1776. "This atlas by Jefferys was the chief publication used by English and American officers during the American Revolution" (Karpinski). The geographical knowledge of America represented here not only affected the strategy of the Revolutionary War, but influenced the course of future treaty negotiations and boundary disputes. Phillips, Maps of America, p. 439; Sellers & Van Ee, Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies 1750-1789 781; Stevens and Tree, 31; Taliaferro, Cartographic Sources in the Rosenberg Library 168.
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