Key sheet to the first large scale printed map to show the thirteen colonies

By POPPLE, Henry, 1734 

A Map of the British Empire in America with the French and Spanish settlements adjacent thereto By Hen. Popple.

America North America
  • Author: POPPLE, Henry
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Sold at Stephen Austen’s Book Seller in Newgate Street & by Thomas Willdey at the Great Toy Shop in St Paul’s Church Yard
  • Publication date: 1734
  • Physical description: Engraved map, fine original outline hand-colour.
  • Dimensions: (plate mark) 540 by 510mm(21.25 by 20 inches); sheet size 730 by 545mm (28.75 by 21.5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11986

Notes

Key sheet to the first large scale printed map to show the thirteen colonies.

The key sheet is a faithful and accurate reduction on to one sheet of Popple’s great 20 sheet work. The map is divided into 20 sections, with the numerals to the upper left denoting the sheet number.

Popple’s 20 sheet Map of the British Empire in America is one of the two most important large format maps of North America published in the eighteenth century. Along with John Mitchell’s Map of the British & French Dominions in North America… (1755), the map was a profound statement of England’s designs for dominance of the North American continent; at a time when colonial control of North America was by no means certain.

The present key sheet accords with Babinski’s state one with the no imprint below the border. 

Bibliography

  1. Babinski, state 1
    • Babinski, M. (1998). Henry Popple’s 1733 map of the British Empire in America. Garwood: Krinder Peak.
  2. Babinski, M., Henry Popple’s 1733’ map (New Jersey, 1998)
    • Babinski, M. (1998). Henry Popple’s 1733 map of the British Empire in America. Garwood: Krinder Peak.
  3. cf. Cumming, The Southeast in Early Maps’, 216, 217
    • Cummings, W. (n.d.). The Southeast in early maps.
  4. Pritchard, M., Degrees of Latitude’, 24, state 4 (but with engraved number to sheet 1)
    • Pritchard, M. and Taliaferro, Henry. (2002). Degrees of latitude : mapping colonial America. New York: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
  5. Lowery 337 & 338
    • Lowery, W. (1912). A descriptive list of maps of the Spanish possessions within the present limits of the United States, 1502–1820. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office.
  6. Sabin 64140
    • Sabin, J. (1962). A Dictionary of books relating to America. Amsterdam: Israel.
  7. Schwartz & Ehrenberg p.151
    • Schwartz, S. and Ehrenberg, R. (1980). The mapping of North America. New York: H. N. Abrams.
  8. Streeter Sale 676
    • Streeter, T. (1966). The celebrated collection of Americana formed by the late Thomas Winthrop Streeter. New York: Parke-Bernet Galleries.