A New and Accurate Map of East and West Florida, Drawn from the best authorities. - #2358

 

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DATE: 1765

MAP MAKER: attrib. Thomas Kitchin.

SIZE: 8 5/8" X 7 1/4"..

PRICE: $675.00

 

Thomas Kitchin (1718 - 1874).
Kitchin, became in 1732 an apprentice to Emmanuel Bowen, whose daughter he married in 1739. A very prolific engraver he contributed heavily to illustrating teh "Londonn Magazines". He became a cartographer of repute , promoted to Hydrographer to the King 1n 1773.

The magazines of London. c1725 - c1800.
Around 1750, London witnessed the explosive circulation growth of periodicals (mostly monthlies). These magazines, generally extremely well researched, offered up-to-the-moment political/economical/social information to their well educated audience. Some of these magazines are still regularly published today. Based mostly on/around PaterNoster Row, the Gentlemen's Magazine, the Royal Magazine, the Universal Magazine, the Intelligencer, the Lady's Magazine, Town and Country Magazine, the Scot's Magazine (in Edinburgh), were the main source of information for the British elite when it came to detailing and explaining the latest developments in the far reaches of the Empire. As such, a full complement of cartographers was retained to illustrate battle accounts, town sieges, harbor blockades, and land conquests; almost in real time (for that period). Thomas Jefferys, Thomas Kitchin, Emanuel Bowen and later his son Thomas, John Hinton, John Gibson, John Lodge, John Cary, Thomas Silver, and many other of lesser reputation, participated in the effort.
In most cases, the maps were of rather small format, and uncolored.

A New and Accurate Map of East and West Florida, Drawn from the best authorities.  1765. This small map (8 5/8" X 7 1/4") was printed for the March 1765 issue of the Gentleman's Magazine. It is identical in title and shape/details to a Kitchim map published in1763, safe for the cartouche: here oval and bottom center,instead of rectangular anf bottom left. The 1763 map was a slavish copy of a Jonh Gibson map, probably itself derived from a Spanish work (see all names in spanish). It is known to have been reprinted a few years later to illustrate the memoirs of self-proclaimed General James Edward Oglethorpe.
West Florida extends from the Apalachicola River to teh Mississippi River, with Pensacola as its capital. East Forida (capital San Augustine) is strikingly odd in terms of its inland: a huge archipelagowith an oversized tampa bay extending almost to the east coast.
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