Survey of Lake Champlain, including Lake George, Crown Point. William Furness BRASSIER.

Survey of Lake Champlain, including Lake George, Crown Point

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BRASSIER, William Furness. A Survey of Lake Champlain, including Lake George, Crown Point and St. John. Surveyed by Order of His Excellency Major-General Sr. Jeffery Amherst, Knight of the Most Honble. Order of the Bath, Commander in Chief of His Majesty's Forces in North America, (Now Lord Amherst). London: Printed for Robt. Sayer & Jno. Bennett, Aug. 5th, 1776 [i.e., after November 1776]. Engraved map, partially handcolored, 28? x 21? inches. Horizontal fold with binding tab mounted at fold on verso. Mild offsetting from folding, a bit of dust soiling to edges, light even tanning. Contemporary manuscript annotation on verso. Very good. Guthorn, British Maps of the American Revolution, p.14, 12.4. Fite & Freeman, A Book of Old Maps, pp.212-16. Nebenzahl, Atlas of The American Revolution, pp.61-63. Schwartz & Ehrenberg, p.190. Sellers & Van Ee, Maps and Charts of North America & the West Indies 1073. Stevens & Tree, "Comparative Cartography" 25b, in Tooley, The Mapping of America. A rare example of Brassier's magnificently detailed map of Lake Champlain, in a state that captures this theatre in the Revolutionary War, and depicting the very first battle fought by the U.S. Navy. This excellent large-scale detailed chart of Lake Champlain was based on the field work of William Brassier conducted through 1758 and 1759, while he was in the employ of James Montresor, the chief surveyor of the northern part of the British American colonies. The main section of the map embraces the entire length of the waterway from Lake George through Lake Champlain, and north past the Quebec border to depict the upper Richelieu River Valley as far as St. Jean. The great accuracy and detail of the map is testament to Brassier's immense skill as a surveyor and draughtsman, as he would have had to perform his role under very trying circumstances. At the time the region was an active front in the Seven Years' War (1756-63), as British forces under Sir Jeffery Amherst advanced on the Marquis de Montcalm's French forces, who were guarding the southern approaches to Montreal. The inset in the lower right corner of the map features an extremely detailed rendering of Lake George, surveyed by British Captain Jackson in 1756. The map evinces the English nomenclature given to the newly captured French forts, most notably Fort Ticonderoga,

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