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Description:This very large 3 sheet joined copper-plate engraved original antique map of South America was engraveClaude Ptolemydd by Thomas Bowen in 1755 - the date is engraved at the foot of the map - and was published by Solomon Bolton for Malachy Postlethweyt's 2 Volumes publication of Dictionary of Trade & Commercepublished in 1757.The cartographical detail was borrowed from the same Jean-Baptiste Bourguinon D'Anville map published in the 1760 edition of his large elephant folio atlas Atlas Generale.
Background:This map from the second edition of this famous dictionary, based in part on the Dictionaries universel de Commerce (Paris: 1723-30) of Jacques Savary de Bruslon, under whose name it is often catalogued, but was adapted by Postlethwayt for a British audience, with substantial enlargements and improvements, and entirely new material relating to England and her colonies. Postlethwayt devoted twenty years to the preparation of the dictionary, which was first published in 1751-55. The dictionary included a description of British affairs in North America since the peace of 1763. As with his other works, the dictionary demonstrates Postlethway’s deep commitment to the expansion and strengthening of English trade. Included are entries for geographical locations (Africa, Antilles, Canada, Japan, Louisiana, &c.), products (brandy, cardamom, codfish, diamonds, sugar, &c.), trading companies (Dutch East India Company, English African Company, &c.), treaties of commerce, and a vast range of other information of value to merchants (bankruptcy, currency, bills of exchange, brokerage, exportation, landed interest, privateering, &c.). The Dictionary is also important for containing almost the whole substance of Richard Cantillon’s Essay on Commerce, its first appearance in print (see Henry Higgs’1931 edition and translation of Cantillon). The substantial maps, engraved by T.Kitchin and R.S.Seale after J.B.B. D’Anville and S.Bolton, depict Europe (4 sheets), Asia (8 sheets), North America (4 sheets), South America (3 sheets), and Africa (3 sheets). (Ref: Tooley; M&B)
General Description: Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable Paper color: - white Age of map color: - Early & later Colors used: - Yellow, green, pink, blue General color appearance: - Authentic Paper size: - 51 1/2in x 31 1/2in (1.31mm x 800mm) Plate size: - 48 1/2in x 30 1/2in (1.23mm x 770mm) Margins: - min. 1in (25m) Imperfections: Margins: - None Plate area: - Folds as issued, light creasing along folds Verso: - None