The Seat of Action, between the British and American Forces. or An Authentic Plan of the Western Part of Long Island, with the Engagement of the 27th August 1776, between The King's Forces and the Americans: containing also Staten Island and the Environs of Amboy and New York, with the Course of Hudsons River. from Courtland the Great Magazine of the American Army, to Sandy Hook, from the Surveys of Major Holland. Inset: Road from Amboy to Philadelphia. Robert MAP SAYER, John BENNETT.

The Seat of Action, between the British and American Forces. or An Authentic Plan of the Western Part of Long Island, with the Engagement of the 27th August 1776, between The King's Forces and the Americans: containing also Staten Island and the Environs of Amboy and New York, with the Course of Hudsons River. from Courtland the Great Magazine of the American Army, to Sandy Hook, from the Surveys of Major Holland. Inset: Road from Amboy to Philadelphia.

London. Printed for Robt Sayer and Jno Bennett, Map and Sea Chart sellers. 1776. No Binding. 54.5x 45cm, (21.25"x 17.75"), image size is: 44x 39.5cm (17.5"x 15.5"). some original outline colour, fine condition. A rare separately-issued plan depicting a key battle of the American Revolution. Nebenzahl. Bibliography of Printed Battle Plans of the American Revolution, 1775-1796. #108. "Shows approaches to Brooklyn Heights, position of the Americans, and movements of British fleet in New York Harbour. Positions of British and American units are indicated from beginning to end of the Battle of Long Island. - Relief shown by hachures " (parallel lines used on maps to shade in hills, their closeness indicating steepness of gradient). (Nebenzahl).Published just weeks after the battle, this plan documents the British landing and the Battle of Long Island up to and including the American retreat to Brooklyn, placing these in the broader geographic context of the greater New York area. The coverage extends from Courtland on the Hudson in the North to Sandy Hook and Middletown, New Jersey in the South, depicting towns and settlements, major topographical features, and roads and residences. Major military positions and events of the Battle are shown, including the assembled British fleet and the Americans entrenched on Long Island and Manhattan, the initial British landing, and the diversionary thrusts and flanking maneuver that routed the Continental Army. The plan states that it is "from the surveys of Major [Samuel] Holland," who since 1764 had been Surveyor General of the Northern District of North America. In fact it strongly resembles and is probably based on the depiction of the region on The Provinces of New York, and New Jersey; with part of Pennsylvania and the Governments of Trois Rivieres and Montreal. This map was first published by Thomas Jefferys in 1768 with credit to Holland as the mapmaker, then updated and reissued by Sayer and Bennett in 1775-76. Fine. Item #37725

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