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Auction 124, Lot 219

"Extract from the U.S. Coast Survey New Haven Harbour", U.S. Coast Survey

Subject: Connecticut

Period: 1838 (dated)

Publication: HR Doc. 202, 25th Congress, 3rd Session

Color: Black & White

24.5 x 37 inches
62.2 x 94 cm
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This finely engraved and detailed chart extends from the city of New Haven south to the light house, Adam's Fall, and Quixes Ledge. It illustrates soundings, anchorages, shoals, rocks, and buoys, and good inland detail including a street plan, agricultural lands, etc. This is one of the three earliest U. S. Coast Survey charts. It was prepared under the direction of Ferdinand Rudolph Hassler, the first Superintendent of the Coast Survey, who was appointed in 1811. It was published to illustrate the report, "Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, Transmitting A Map of New Haven and its harbor, in the State of Connecticut. February 18, 1839." A scarce issue.

References: Claussen & Friis #303

Condition: C+

Folding as issued. Printed on thick paper which has led to several fold intersection splits and a few short fold splits at margin. One long split with tear at a fold, that should be backed. There is a little foxing.

Estimate: $100 - $200


Closed on 5/7/2008