Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1950. Hardcover. Heavy stock 4to paper over boards chemise housing 4to stiff green wrappers pamphlet with paper label (22pp, illustrations) and four loose folding maps, all in turn held within a slipcase with paper labels. Fine/very good. Folder, pamphlet and folding maps all fine to near fine, while slipcase (only) shows minor wear and archival repairs. Item #47446
Superb copy of this scarce and beautiful facsimile, limited to 300 copies, of what is arguably the most significant map of these states. First published in 1753, surveyors Joshua Fry and Peter Jefferson set the bar high with this production. Its accurate borders and innumerable details ensured it was often reprinted and widely influential, becoming the standard reference for cartographers and writers. The four pristine, partly-colored 25" X 16" loose folding maps combine to make a striking 50" X 32" facsimile of this rarity. Joshua Fry (1699-1754) was an influential surveyor, mapmaker and Virginia legislator who collaborated with Peter Jefferson (father of Thomas) to make this legendary map -- of course when Thomas Jefferson penned his notable "Notes on the State of Virginia" (1782), he used his father's map and included it there. This handsome example is a terrific association copy to boot, for Fry was an ancestor of Adlai E. Stevenson III (1900-65), governor of Illinois and twice U.S. presidential candidate, and this was his personal copy -- and after him his son, Adlai III (1930-2021), U.S. Senator from Illinois (1969-81).. As if that's not enough, this fine copy also bears a large bold full signature of historian Dumas Malone (1892-1986) on a large sheet tipped to blank leaf facing the beginning of his several-page introduction.