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[1]J. B. Harley, Barbara Bartz Petchenik, and Lawrence W. Towner, Mapping the American Revolutionary War (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1978), 1. Lynn Montross, Rag, Tag, and Bobtail: The Story of the Continental Army 1775-1783 (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1952), 5-6.

[2]Lester J. Capon, Barbara Bartz Petchenik, and John Hamilton Long, Atlas of Early American History: The Revolutionary Era 1760-1790 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1976), xv.

[3]Harley et al., Mapping the American Revolutionary War, 1-187. Capon et al., 1-157. Kenneth Nebenzahl, A Bibliography of Printed Battle Plans of the American Revolution 1775-1795 (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1975), 1-159. Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress, The American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies 1750-1789 (2000), http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/armhtml/armhome.html. There is a hardcover bibliography with the same title which served as precedent for the website. That book was compiled by John R. Sellers and Patricia Molen van Ee, published in 1981 by the Library of Congress. National Maritime Museum Collections Online (not dated). Atlantic Neptune Charts. Accessible online at http://www.nmm.ac.uk/collections/explore/index.cfm/category/90437. These charts and bibliographic citations represent the entire Henry Newton Stevens collection. Also see Justin Winsor, Narrative and Critical History of the United States of America, Vol. VI (The United States of America Part I) (Cambridge, MA: The Riverside Press, 1887).

[4]Harley et al., Mapping the American Revolutionary War, 87-91. G. N. D. Evans, Uncommon Obdurate: The Several Public Careers of J. F. W. DesBarres (Salem, MA: Peabody Museum, 1969).

[5]I used the subscription version of WorldCat (http://www.oclc.org/worldcat/about/default.htm) for these searches. The KVK catalog (http://www.ubka.uni-karlsruhe.de/hylib/en/kvk.html) and COPAC (http://copac.ac.uk/) are both freely accessible online. The CD version of American Book Prices Current was used (http://www.bookpricescurrent.com/CDROM.cfm). The largest collation, the one with forty three maps on forty seven sheets with a printed title page and manuscript contents was found in: Rodney Shirley, The Maps in the Atlases of the British Library: A Descriptive Catalogue c. AD 850-1800 (London: The British Library, 2004), 493 (entry T.FAD-2A, vol. 1). The situation is even more confusing than it appears. One of the WorldCat entries indicated seven institutional holdings. I tried contacting all seven, and received four replies: none of the four collations matched the associated WorldCat entry.

[6]Each of the thirty eight map citations for the University of Virginia copy is available using the call number browse function from their VIRGO online catalog, accessible off their main library page at http://www.lib.virginia.edu/. The call number for this particular atlas, with no title page and a manuscript table of contents, is A 1734 .A547.

[7]Email communication with George Carhart on 8 July 2008. He defines a composite atlas as an "atlas that is put together from a random collection of maps from a random number of authors."He also acknowledged the complexity of the subject. Mathew Edney, in an email communication from 4 July 2008, distinguished three types of composite atlases: those "where a book/print seller assembles materials from their stock according to the interest/capacity of the buyer," those "expanding an existing product"(see note 8 below), or those "binding  into guard books of existing map collections, such as the Blathwayt Atlas."For a discussion of the Blathwayt Atlas, see J. Black, "The Blathwayt Atlas: Maps Used by British Colonial Administrators in the Time of Charles II,"Imago Mundi 22 (1968): 20-29.

[8]The forty six volume Atlas Blaeu - Van der Hem of the Austrian National Library, an expanded version of Joan Blaeu's Atlas Maior, in one of the most magnificent atlases in existence. For a discussion of the atlas, and the ongoing production of the facsimile, see Peter van der Krogt and Erlend de Groot, Explokart Research Project–The Atlas Blaeu-van der Hem (updated 27 August 2008), http://cartography.geog.uu.nl/research/vanderhem.html.

[9]David Woodward, "Italian Composite Atlases of the Sixteenth Century,"in Images of the World: The Atlas through History, ed. John A. Wolter and Ronald E. Grim, 51-70 (Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1997).

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