Auction 134, Lot 253

"The Province of Maine from the Best Authorities", Reid, John

Subject: Maine

Period: 1795 (dated)

Publication: The American Atlas

Color: Black & White

9.8 x 14.5 inches
24.9 x 36.8 cm

This early map details the district of Maine, then part of the state of Massachusetts. It was published in Reid's rare American Atlas, the second atlas published from America. Boldly engraved, it contains limited but early information on the coastline, watershed and topography. Settlement is limited to the extreme southwest with a wagon road connecting York, Falmouth, Portland, Casco, Yarmouth, and extending perhaps as far as Fort Western. The frontier forts of Pownal and Halifax are noted. The northern boundary is per the Treaty of 1783.

References: Wheat and Brun #176.

Condition: A

A beautiful near fine example on hand laid paper and original margins. Faint foxing in small area near Fort Western, otherwise fine.

Estimate: $550 - $750

Sold for: $400

Closed on 12/1/2010