Carte Nouvelle de l’ Amerique Angloise contenant tout ce que les Anglois possedent sur le Continent de l’Amerique Septentrionale…. By Mathias A. Lotter. Published by M. A. Lotter, Augsburg. Copper plate engraving, c.1776. image size 23 5/8 x 19 3/8 inches plus margins. Good condition, with original color. LINK.
This is one of the great maps issued at the beginning of the American Revolution. Published in Augsburg, this map depicts the 13 British colonies and Florida just prior to the outbreak of Revolutionary conflict. The map shows the colonies in great detail, albeit with unusual borders (particularly Maryland). The map covers the area from the James Bay to the Gulf of Mexico and west to Lake Michigan. Shown are provinces, towns and cities, rivers and the Great Lakes. West of the Appalachian mountains, the Ohio valley is depicted with considerable detail, noting Native American settlements and prominent forts of the French and Indian War.
The map clearly appeals to French sentiments, limiting the claims of the British to the regions east of the Appalachian Mountains. Additionally, the title is written in French, which is rare considering the map is by one of the leading 18th century German publishers, Mathias A. Lotter.
To the right of is the title of the map and a list the 13 colonies, along with of Florida and Canadian settlements. It is enclosed in a decorative cartouche, on top of which sits the gleaming royal crest of the United Kingdom.