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The province of New Jersey, divided into east and west, commonly called the Jerseys, 1777

 Item — Drawer: 122 : L : 6, Section: 1
Identifier: 2020-IL-001-081


Bernard Ratzer, a Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery, prepared a survey of New Jersey in 1769 to assist the Boundary Commission in settling a long standing boundary dispute between the states of New York and New Jersey. London mapmaker William Faden published Ratzer's survey as a finished map in 1777 in his North American Atlas. Published during the American Revolution, the map depicts the area known to George Washington before the Battle of Monmouth, and shows the fortification at Valley Forge. Despite having several errors of location, the map is finely executed, and contains an elaborate cartouche of a farmhouse with landscape in the upper left corner. Displayed here is the first English edition of the map. A French derivative of this map by Georges-Louis LeRouge may be viewed online at:


  • 1777


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1 Sheets : 1 map : hand colored ; 77 x 55 cm

Language of Materials


Reference numbers

Client reference #48; WAG #289195


Martayan Lan, 8 November 1991.

Related references

Comparative cartography [Stevens & Tree], 37a. LC Maps of North America, 1750-1789, 1238

Additional details

Scale [ca. 1:420,000]. 1st issue. Prime meridian: Philadelphia. Relief shown by hachures. Shows county boundaries and "Division line run in 1743 between East New Jersey and West New Jersey." "This map has been drawn from the survey made in 1769 ... by Bernard Ratzer ... and from another large survey of the northern parts ... by Gerard Banker." Appears in William Faden's The North American atlas. 1777. Includes table of "Astronomical observations."


Backed crease fold.


[London] : Wm. Faden, 1777

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections at The George Washington Presidential Library at Mount Vernon Repository

PO Box 3600
Mount Vernon VA 22121