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American Military Pocket Atlas

July 2011

curated by
Alexander C. Johnston

Robert Sayer and John Bennett (Firm)

The American military pocket atlas: being an approved collection of correct maps, both general and particular, of the British colonies: especially those which now are, or probably may be the theatre of war: taken principally from the actual surveys and judicious observations of engineers De Brahm and Romans: Cook, Jackson, and Collet: Maj. Holland, and other officers, employed in His Majesty’s fleets and armies. London: Printed for R. Sayer and J. Bennett, [1776].

The American Military Pocket Atlas was printed at the onset of the American Revolution to provide British officers with an accurate and portable atlas of all likely theaters of operation in the colonies. Officers would have carried the map into combat either in their pocket or in a holster. As originally issued, the maps would fold in and out of the bound volume, so as to allow for ease of transport; conservation treatment has since required that they be removed from the volume.

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