September 15, 2018 09:00 AM EDT Asheville, North Carolina


Holland - Chart of the Coast of North America

Captain N. Holland [Probably Samuel Holland (1728-1801)] A New Chart of the Coast of North America from New York to Cape Hatteras Including The Bays of Delaware and Chesapeak, With the Coasts of New Jersey, Maryland, Virgina and Part of the Coast of North Carolina by Captain N. Holland An Improved Edition, published in 1809 by Laurie and Whittle updated from the 1794 work, black and white line engraving with linen backing, 40-7/8 x 28-1/2 in (overall); unframed

 NOte: This copy of the map is published in William C. Wooldridge, Mapping Virginia, figure 200 and 200a, pp. 220-223.

In the book, Wooldridge writes, "There is no record of a hydrographer named N. Holland in the imprints produced by any other firms; this may be an erroneous reference to Samuel Holland, who was a contemporary of Des Barres, an associate of Captain James Cook, and a notable figure in Canadian marine surveying. The 'error' if such it were, is unaccountably repeated on other maps by Laurie and Whittle, who certainly knew better." Despite the large scale of the map, there is considerable nautical detail of Hampton Roads and Chesapeake Bay. Earlier states of this map are in the collection of the New York Public Library, the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, and the Biblioteca Nacional de España.

Provenance:Collection of William C. Wooldridge; Collection of the Virginia Cartographical Society, LC; deaccessioned by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, Virginia with all proceeds to benefit the Collections Acquisitions Fund.


32 separate sheets on linen backing with slight central horizontal gap, ink transfer, penciled inscription in lower right margin

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