Auction 153, Lot 279

"A Map of Massachusetts, from the Best Authorities", Morse, Jedidiah (Rev.)

Subject: Massachusetts

Period: 1796 (circa)

Publication: The American Universal Geography

Color: Black & White

Size:
9.8 x 7.5 inches
24.9 x 19.1 cm

This scarce edition is from the third edition of Morse's Geography. The counties are named and delineated and the bank offshore from Cape Cod is located. The western counties of Hampshire and Berkshire are continued in an inset at lower left. The map also shows towns, roads, topography and good watershed detail. The Proposed Canal is located near Sandwich. Beneath the oval title cartouche and distance scale is the note "The surveys of the Eastern Counties, could not be obtained reasonably to complete this Map." As a result the counties of Bristol, Plymouth, and Barnstable are mostly blank. The imprint of publishers Thomas & Andrews runs across the top above the neatline. Drawn by James Denison and engraved by Samuel Hill.

References: McCorkle (18th C. Geography) #304-5.

Condition: B+

A crisp impression with faint soiling. Issued folding and now pressed and backed with tissue to repair a couple of short edge tears at left and a few fold separations. Narrow top margin.

Estimate: $180 - $210

Sold for: $110

Closed on 5/20/2015

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