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A Map of the British Empire in America…

Popple, Henry __Cartographer ||Lempriere, Clement __Designer ||Toms, William Henry __Engraver ||Baron, Bernard __Engraver ||Seale, Richard William __Engraver
Place Made:
London Great Britain
Date Made:
hand-colored engraving
HOA 20 7/8; WOA 20 1/4
Accession Number:
This map is the key to Henry Popple’s “A Map of the British Empire in America…” It was published alongside the twenty sheets that made up the monumentally large map. Popple’s map was available in a variety of formats: bound into an atlas; mounted on linen and rollers; or as a travel map dissected and glued to linen between marbleized boards. Depending on format the entire map could cost between £1.11.6 to £2.12.6. It is suspected that after the initial printing text was added to the copper plate for the key to indicate that it could be purchased alone for 2 shillings.

Popple’s map reflected the growing British interest in the western boundaries of their American colonies. It minimizes the extent of the French land claims in North America visually and through it’s title’s claim of depicting “The British Empire in America” the with the French and Spanish Settlements relegated to being merely “Adjacent Thereto.”

STATE: There are four states of this map known. They are distinguished by the text (or lack thereof) below the neat line on the lower left corner of the map. This map is the second state.

REFERENCES: Pritchard and Taliaferro, Degrees of Latitude, 24.
Cumming, The Southeast in Early Maps, 217.

Though initially issued alongside the twenty sheet map, this copy was likely sold as a separately issued map.
Credit Line:
Library Purchase Fund