[VIRGINIA]. FRY, Joshua and Peter JEFFERSON, cartographers. A Map of the Most Inhabited Part of Virginia. Containing the whole Province of Maryland with Part of Pennsilvania, New Jersey and North Carolina, Drawn by Joshua Fry and Peter Jefferson in 1751. London: Engrav'd and Publish'd according to act of Parliament by Thos. Jeffereys, Geographer to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, at the Corner of St. Martins Lane, Charing Cross, .
Engraved map comprising 4 engraved sheets, neatly joined, together 78.5 124.8 cm (31 x 49 1/16 in.). Sparing outline coloring in green and salmon, large engraved cartouche bottom right (a Virginia wharf scene: sailing vessels being unloaded by slaves, barrels of tobacco, on the quay two well-dressed gentlemen haggling and smoking), engraved dedication from Jefferys to the Earl of Halifax, President of the Board of Trade and Plantations. (Neat repairs to small losses along central vertical join, a few letters and other details neatly inked in, small marginal defect lower right.)
THE FINEST EIGHTEENTH CENTURY MAP OF VIRGINIA AND MARYLAND: IN A RARE EARLY STATE. A landmark early American map, based on careful surveys by Fry and Jefferson (father of the future President), accurately delineating the boundaries, roads, settlements and Indian trails, incorporating considerable new geographical information reported by early wilderness travelers including George Washington, Christopher Gist and John Dalrymple. Completed in 1751, it was engraved and published several years later. Eight different states are recorded by Vernor. Of the first state only two copies are recorded (Schwartz & Ehrenberg) and states 2, 3, and 4 are also of extreme rarity. This very fine example represents Vernor's 4th state. Cumming, The Southeast in Early Maps, no.281; Pritchard & Taliaferro, Degrees of Latitude, no.30; Schwartz & Ehrenberg, Mapping of America, p.157-158; Coolie Verner, "The Fry and Jefferson Map" in Imago Mundi, 21 (1967), pp.74-94.