Title: The Province of New Jersey Divided into East...
Publication Date: 1777
Book Condition: Very Good
William Faden (1749-1836) The Province of New Jersey Divided into East and West, commonly called the Jerseys Published, London, 1777 Engraving with original hand color Sheet size: 32 x 23 1/2 inches William Faden's monumental map of New Jersey was based on a survey made by Bernard Ratzer in 1769, for use in the settlement of a 100 year long dispute between New York and New Jersey. Faden's map was the first to show New Jersey's northern border with New York, and also depicts the area known to George Washington prior to the battle of Monmouth, and a fortified Valley Forge. The most important map of the area from the Revolutionary period, it was also the largest map of New Jersey that had ever been produced. Unprecedented in its detail and precision, Faden's map remained the standard geographic representation of the state until well into the 1800s. Faden's attention to the esthetic appeal of his map is also apparent. The fine beauty of engraving is emphasized by the cartouche in the upper-left corner, where a farmhouse can be seen between two graceful trees, and also by the ranges of hills delicately shaded as if illuminated from the northwest. Partner of Thomas Jefferys, London's leading mid-18th century engraver, William Faden assumed sole control of the business after his colleague's death and continued Jefferys's tradition of producing the finest quality engraved maps and atlases. Faden's fine engravings, in fact, made him one of the greatest cartographers of the 18th century. Faden's talent for mapmaking was such that he was named official geographer to the king in 1775, two years before he produced this map, a landmark in the cartography of New Jersey. The Province of New Jersey was included in Faden's North American Atlas, a large folio work that is the most rare and important cartographic record of the early years of the American Revolution. All of the maps contained in the atlas possessed a wealth of topographical detail based on information obtained by first-hand observation, a factor that makes them historical documents of great importance. Faden's map was much consulted during the Revolution, and represents the best state of knowledge regarding New Jersey in the 18th century. Bookseller Inventory # 002411
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