Boston: S. Hall, 1797. First Edition. single sheet. Near Fine. With folds as issued, faint offset from folded image. Darkened along folds. Professionally cleaned with small edge tear repairs. Laid down on cotton. A very nice solid copy of an early desirable map. Copperplate engraving on laid paper. Sheet size: 40 x 21 cm.
A fine example of Early American Mapmaking by Abraham Bradley, Jr, engraved by S. Hill prior to the Louisiana Purchase showing the Southern Parts of the United States from the coast of Virginia at Norfolk down to St. Augustine across the Gulf to the Mississippi River and up through to the Ohio River in Kentucky. Highly detailed with mountain ranges, water tributaries, dozens of native territories, and United States claim line divided by Western Georgia and Chactaws Territory.
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 #7225
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