Auction 134, Lot 252

"The District of Main from the latest Surveys", Morse, Jedidiah (Rev.)

Subject: Maine

Period: 1793 (published)

Publication: American Universal Geography

Color: Black & White

8 x 10.5 inches
20.3 x 26.7 cm

This is a scarce and finely engraved map from the second edition of the American Universal Geography and is considered the first obtainable map that focuses on Maine. The northwest boundary with Canada has the notation "High Lands Being the Boundaries between the United States and Canada". This gives a northern border further north than that which was eventually decided. Only four counties are noted and Moosehead Lake is misspelled Mousehead Lake. Longitude is East from Washington. This first edition varies from later Morse issues with finer engraving, a notation to the left of the compass rose, the title contained in an oval cartouche, and no outer neatline.

References: Wheat & Brun #168

Condition: B+

This uncolored map is folded as issued. There is some light printers smudge and some very light soiling, else is near fine.

Estimate: $250 - $350

Sold for: $375

Closed on 12/1/2010