THE FIRST MAP TO SHOW WILLIAMSBURG

 

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AUTHOR:

TIDDEMAN, MARK

TITLE:

A Draught of Virginia from the Capes to York in York River and to… Ham[p]ton in James River. Sold by W. & I Mount & T. Page

CONDITION:

Included in editions of The English Pilot, The fourth Book, to 1780. Copper-engraving, with full hand color, 18-1/8” x 23-1/8”. Repair to lower centerfold, minor soiling, and a few other signs of aging.

DATE:

London [1729-] 1751

DESCRIPTION:

This is one of the earliest regional maps for Virginia, and the first map to show Williamsburg.

According to Verner, it is “the first detailed chart of Hampton Roads and the entrance to Chesapeake Bay [and] an important original survey of the area.” Morrison and Hansen note that it includes more complete depth soundings than were previously available.

Tiddeman was master of the Tartar on patrol in American waters from April 1725 to July 1728. During this time he made extensive soundings in the area of Hampton Roads, which are recorded in his logbook preserved in the British National Archives.

The chart show all of the Chesapeake Bay as far north as Mobjack Bay, and as far west as Williamsburg, which is here laid down on a printed map for the first time.

This is the second state, with a new title cartouche in the Rococco style, and minor corrections and alterations.

REFERENCES:

Coolie Verner, The Printed Maps of Virginia: 1590 to 1800, 522 & 614 (unpublished); Morrison and Hansen, Charting the Chesapeake, fig 15; Wooldridge, Mapping Virginia, p. 98; Stephenson and McKee, Virginia in Maps, II-32.

Inventory No. 8670

Cohen & Taliaferro

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