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A Map of the Province of South Carolina. Cook, James, 1773

A Map of the Province of South Carolina. / Cook, James / 1773
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Full Title: A Map of the Province of South Carolina with all the Rivers, Creeks, Bays, Inletts, Islands, Inland Navigation, Soundings, Time of High Water on the Sea Coast, Roads, Marshes, Ferrys, Bridges, Swamps, Parishes Churches, Towns, Townships; Country Parish District and Provincial Lines. Humbly inscribed to the Hon.ble Lawlins Lownds Esqr. Speaker & the rest of the Members of the Hon.ble the Commons House of Assembly of the Province by their most Obedt. & faithfull Servt Jams Cook. Thos. Bowen, sculpt. 1773. (with 6 inset maps).

Author: Cook, James

Date: 1773

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Author: Cook, James

Date: 1773

Short Title: A Map of the Province of South Carolina.

Publisher: (London): No Publisher

Type: Separate Map

Object Height cm: 76

Object Width cm: 81

Scale 1: 586,080

Note: The maker of this map, James Cook, surveyor of South Carolina and former marine surveyor, is not to be confused with the Pacific explorer, Captain James Cook. In 1770, James Cook was commissioned by the South Carolina provincial government to make a new survey of the entire province and publish a map, which he completed in 1773. Cummings refers to the map as "the most detailed and accurate printed map of South Carolina, especially for the interior, yet to appear" and further states that "very few copies of this fine map are extant." It provided much of the detail for the later maps by Henry Mouzon and John Stuart. Sellers and Van Ee call it "one of the most important maps in the cartography of the state until the early nineteenth century." It is excessively rare, with only five copies identified in United States institutions, and one in the British Museum. There are two states of this first and only issue, distinguished by the presence in the second state of an additional imprint "Publish'd according to Act of Parliament July 7th. 1773 and Sold by H. Parker in Cornhill" under the neat line. This copy is the first state, with two of the other six copies being first state as well. There are six inset maps: Beaufort, Camden, Georgetown, Port Royal, Charles Town, and Harbour of Charles Town. The main map is very detailed, showing land owners in profusion. Along the coast are many navigation notes, indicative of Cook's maritime background. This appears to have been Cook's only major map production; his other work is limited to three harbor charts published in 1766 (illustrated by Black): A Draught of Port Royal Harbour (similar to the Port Royal inset map on the South Carolina 1773), A Draught of the Harbour of Halifax, and A Draught of West Florida.

Reference: Cummings 443 (illustrated plate 67) and p 59; Sellers and Van Ee 1521; J.D. Black, Map Collector 34, p. 10-15; Cumming, British Maps of Colonial America p.47-48; Tooley Dictionary p. 130 (South Carolina map misdated 1770).

State / Province: South Carolina

Full Title: A Map of the Province of South Carolina with all the Rivers, Creeks, Bays, Inletts, Islands, Inland Navigation, Soundings, Time of High Water on the Sea Coast, Roads, Marshes, Ferrys, Bridges, Swamps, Parishes Churches, Towns, Townships; Country Parish District and Provincial Lines. Humbly inscribed to the Hon.ble Lawlins Lownds Esqr. Speaker & the rest of the Members of the Hon.ble the Commons House of Assembly of the Province by their most Obedt. & faithfull Servt Jams Cook. Thos. Bowen, sculpt. 1773. (with 6 inset maps).

List No: 5174.000

Series No: 1

Published In: A Map of the Province of South Carolina with all the Rivers, Creeks, Bays, Inletts, Islands, Inland Navigation, Soundings, Time of High Water on the Sea Coast, Roads, Marshes, Ferrys, Bridges, Swamps, Parishes Churches, Towns, Townships; Country Parish District and Provincial Lines. Humbly inscribed to the Hon.ble Lawlins Lownds Esqr. Speaker & the rest of the Members of the Hon.ble the Commons House of Assembly of the Province by their most Obedt. & faithfull Servt Jams Cook. Thos. Bowen, sculpt. 1773. (with 6 inset maps).

Publication Author: Cook, James

Publication Date: 1773

Publication Reference: Cummings 443 (illustrated plate 67) and p 59; Sellers and Van Ee 1521; J.D. Black, Map Collector 34, p. 10-15; Cumming, British Maps of Colonial America p.47-48; Tooley Dictionary p. 130 (South Carolina map misdated 1770).

Publication Note: See note field above.

Publication List No: 5174.000

Publication Type: Separate Map

Publication Maps: 1

Publication Height cm: 76

Publication Width cm: 81

Image No: 5174000

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