Auction 140, Lot 255

"Map Showing the General Location of the Natural Oyster Grounds of Maryland…", U.S. Government

Subject: Maryland

Period: 1893 (dated)

Publication: Bulletin of the United States Fish Commission

Color: Printed Color

22 x 35 inches
55.9 x 88.9 cm

This colorful chart details oyster fishing beds throughout Chesapeake Bay and part of Chincoteague Bay in remarkably fine detail. The map locates Washington, D.C., Annapolis, Baltimore and Philadelphia in street grid pattern. It locates areas where oyster gathering is authorized, and by which method, as shown by the color coded key at upper left. By the 1870's, Maryland's oyster fields were becoming severely depleted, which led to oyster management efforts in the form of laws and regulations. This informative map is from one of the reports of that effort.


Condition: A

Folding, as issued, with beautiful bright color. The map is in near fine condition with only a few tiny splits at fold intersections.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $300

Closed on 5/23/2012