Auction 148, Lot 182

"[Map in Report] Notes on an Early Chart of Long Island Sound [with] A Portion of a Map of New England in the Public Record Office…", U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey

Subject: New England United States

Period: 1890 (published)


Color: Black & White

35.5 x 17.8 inches
90.2 x 45.2 cm

This rare and separately bound paper comes from the 1890 U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey annual report. The short 3-page report includes the map mentioned above that was, according to Captain Charles Townshend, constructed by a British survey party between the years of 1715 and 1720. Of particular note, Townshend explains that "the chart furnishes positive proof of the existence of one of the closed passages that tradition says existed in early times through Cape Cod, and sustains the statement of Capt. Bartholomew Gosnold, in 1602, that Cape Cod was then an island." The map is packed with notes, soundings, shoals and anchorages.


Condition: B+

Issued folding and mounted on linen to reinforce and repair a few short fold separations with light soiling in the blank margins. Text is toned and covers are very good with light wear.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $110

Closed on 2/19/2014