Sorau: bey Gottlob Hebold, 1761. In modern half leather in antique style.  (=1 [blank] 1 [engraved frontispiece of Quebec, signed by Süsse, 1760] 1 [tp] 1 [blank] 1 [unnumbered text page]) 6–48 –48 p. and 3 hand-colored double page maps (from the Sch. Woodcut head- and tailpieces. Old collection stamp on title page. The engraving and the maps are in fine condition. Overall in fine condition.
Scarce and important German geographical work on the British and French colonies in North America, concerning the ongoing French and Indian Wars and the struggle for Acadia. Enlarged edition more than a half, with text on Canada and the Caribbean, an extra map, and a view of Quebec.
The third and largely extended edition of Das Brittische Reich in America. First published in Leipzig in 1756, the second edition was printed in the same year by Gottlob Hebold, the publisher of the present edition. This issue contains a finely engraved frontispiece of Quebec, Hauptstadt in Canada by Johann George Süsse (not reproduced in de Volpi’s Quebec, A Pictorial Record), an extra map Die Caribischen Insuln, in Nord America Guadaloupe, Martinique Maria Galanta, Dominique und Desiderade (covering the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Hispaniola), and a 43-page extra text part, here the first part of the book, containing a description of Canada and the St. Lawrence River (pp. 5–16), Canada from Montreal to Louisiana (pp. 16–33), and the islands of America (Hispaniola and other Caribbean Islands; pp. 33–48).
The two other maps are already known from the earlier issues, the first shows the entire continent of America with an accompanying table, it shows California as an island and other common cartographical oddities of the era. The second Charte von dem Engellaendischen u. Franzoesischen Besitzungen in Nord America is an interesting, detailed map of the British and French colonies in North America, shows many forts, villages, Indian names, and early colonial settlements, and includes excellent details west of the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes and Texas region. The map is also an early appearance of the newly formed (1752) Georgia Colony. The coloring distinguishes the region between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi River disputed by France and England.
The second part, slightly enlarged compared to the Leipzig edition, starts with an explanation of the maps and their coloring, and continues with the description of the territories involved or had importance in the French and Indian Wars. Besides the general overview, it gives a detailed explanation of the qualities and abilities of Newfoundland (pp. 7–12), Cape Breton (pp. 12–16), Bermuda (pp. 16–17), a lengthy description of Acadia or Nova Scotia (pp. 17–23). It goes on with the account on New England (Connecticut, Rhode Island, the Massachusetts Bay, and New Hampshire; pp. 24–28), New York (pp. 29–30), New Jersey (pp. 30–31), Pennsylvania (pp. 31–35), Maryland (pp. 35–36), Virginia (pp. 36–38), Carolina (pp. 38–40), Georgia (pp. 40–41), and Florida (pp. 41–43). Finally, shortly introduces New France (pp. 43) and describes Canada (pp. 43–45) and Louisiana (pp. 43–45) at length.
The book is occasionally cataloged as a later edition of John Oldmixon’s Das Britische Reich in America (Lemgo: Meyer, 1744) the translation of The British Empire in America, but it’s a different work.
“An extremely rare and valuable work relating to the end of the Seven Years’ War and the beginning of the British Empire in America.” (Lande) The title page and the frontispiece are reproduced in Lande’s Supplement, as one of the less than 20 illustrations of over 2500 items.
Reference: Sabin 57162, Howes B790 (seemingly one part only), Lande p. 67, S264, not in de Volpi Literature: Winsor, J. (ed.): Narrative and Critical History of America. Vol. 5 Pt. II. (The English and French in North America 1689 1763). Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company. 1887. p. 482.