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Auction 123, Lot 176

"A Map of the New England States, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island & Connecticut with the Adjacent Parts of New York & Lower Canada", Hale, Nathan

Subject: New England

Period: 1826-53 (dated)


Color: Black & White

37.5 x 44 inches
95.3 x 111.8 cm
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Very uncommon map of New England includes an updated border for Maine. Normally seen as a wall map, this example is a pocket map edition. The map details the region from Long Island through New England and up the Hudson Valley to north of Lake Champlain. Maine is shown in a large inset titled "Northern & Eastern Part of Maine and Part of Lower Canada and New Brunswick." The map is finely engraved and filled with information. The legend locates roads and turnpikes, towns and villages, the boundaries of states, counties and cities, the finished and unfinished railroads and more. Very fancy lettering ithe title and a finely engraved piano keyboard-style border further adorn. Folds into original green cloth covers (9.3" x 5.8") with gilt tooling along edge. The cover is envelope-style with a third flap that carries the title in embossed gilt. Inside the front cover is the original paper label with detailed folding instructions for the map. We've read the instructions several times and still cannot understand them! The mapmaker shares the name and is the nephew of the patriot Nathan Hale. Originally published in 1826, this is "the Revised Edition of 1853. Corrected by the addition of railroads, new towns & other public improvements, to Feby. 1853." Map is dissected and laid on linen, folding into repaired case.

References: Phillips (M) p.472.

Condition: B

The map has numerous splits and fold intersection splits, also with offsetting and irregular toning. Someone has added a thin strip of tape to the spine for support. The front and rear cover are in very good condition, the envelope flap has a crack across cloth to the right of title.

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $450

Closed on 2/20/2008