A Publishing History of John Mitchell’s Map of North America, 1755-1775

Matthew H. Edney



John Mitchell’s Map of the British and French Dominions in North America (London, 1755) is a prominent feature of the history of cartography of the British colonies in North America. A close examination of the history of the publication of its seven identified variants (1755-1775) indicates, however, that the map is properly understood in terms of the British, and more specifically London, market for maps and geographical information. There, it contributed to public discussions about the nature of the British empire and the British nation. This study also demonstrates the validity and necessity of applying the established bibliographical scheme of edition, printing, issue, and state to maps.


John Mitchell; Thomas Kitchin; William Faden; map trade; colonial cartography; wall map; cartobibliography

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