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Pensilvania Maryland and Virginia

Origin: Europe, England, London
OH: 3 3/8" x OW: 4 1/2"
Black and white line engraving with original color
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 2017-114
Label:John Gibson’s diminutive Atlas Minimus was the first miniature atlas to include maps of the Colonies. The atlas comfortably fit into a pocket or ones hand. This map focuses on the vastness and economic prosperity and potential of the colonies of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. Extending all the way to the Mississippi and taking up the entire Northwest Territory, Virginia is clearly the most impressive of the colonies. The description in between the Ohio and Mississippi rivers the descriptions describes Virginia’s importance to Europe: “Virginia & Maryland produce Tobacco, which the former especially raises in such Plenty, as to be able to furnish most Parts of Europe with it.”

This copy is published in "William C. Wooldridge, Mapping Virginia: From the Age of Exploration to the Civil War" (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012), #122, p. 130.