SAYER, ROBERT, AND JOHN BENNETT. The American Military Pocket Atlas; being an Approved Collection of Correct Maps, both General and Particular, of the British Colonies. London: R. Sayer and J. Bennett, [1776].
Lot 3186
SAYER, ROBERT, AND JOHN BENNETT. The American Military Pocket Atlas; being an Approved Collection of Correct Maps, both General and Particular, of the British Colonies. London: R. Sayer and J. Bennett, [1776].
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SAYER, ROBERT, AND JOHN BENNETT.
The American Military Pocket Atlas; being an Approved Collection of Correct Maps, both General and Particular, of the British Colonies. London: R. Sayer and J. Bennett, [1776].
8vo (210 x 130 mm). [3], vi-viii, [2] pp. 6 folding engraved maps hand-colored in outline. Modern half calf in period style. Mild offsetting, some splitting to folds and fold intersections with scattered minor repairs.

FIRST EDITION "HOLSTER ATLAS." Designed by its publishers for use on the field during the American Revolution, "to suit the pockets of officers of all ranks" (advertisement). In the event, this atlas was not normally carried in officers' pockets, but on their holsters and became popularly known as the "holster atlas." The maps are those "that the British high command regarded as providing essential topographical information in the most convenient form" (Schwartz & Ehrenberg), comprising: "North America," and "The West Indies" by Samuel Dunn; "The Northern British Colonies" by Samuel Holland and Thomas Pownall; "The Middle British Colonies" after Joshua Fry and Peter Jefferson, and Lewis Evans; "The Southern British Colonies" after William de Brahm, Henry Mouzon, John Collett, and Bernard Romans; and "Lake Champlain, including Lake George" by William Brassier. Howes A208; Nebenzahl Atlas of the American Revolution pp 61ff; Sabin 1147; Schwartz & Ehrenberg p 190; Streeter sale 73.
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