Boston: S. Hall, 1797. First Edition. single sheet. Near Fine. With folds as issued, faint offset from folded image. A few minor stains to top edge of map, professionally cleaned with small edge tear repairs. A very nice solid copy of an early desirable map. Copperplate engraving on laid paper. Sheet size: 42 x 25.3 cm. Plate mark: 40.8 x 22.5 cm.
A fine example of Early American Mapmaking by Abraham Bradley, Jr, engraved by B. Callender prior to the Louisiana Purchase showing the Northern Part of the United States from the Canadian border across the Great Lakes, down through central Virginia, just south of Norfolk and west to the Kentucky Frontier. The Eastern Seaboard towns represented in detail along with rivers and tributaries, military forts, native encampments and court houses.
Alexander Bradley, (Conn. 1767-1838) lawyer then judge in Pennsylvania who became assistant postmaster general and supervised the move of the general post office from Philadelphia to Washington DC.
Known for his excellence in detailed mapmaking, as well as his knowledge of postal routes, he created to the first official map used by the US Postal Department, which became the standard by 1825. In 1803 Thomas Jefferson wrote to Bradley requesting an early copy of one such map. (Howes 839; Ristow 70-1; Sabin 50923)
https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/01-41-02-0206. Near Fine. Item #7224