Auction 162, Lot 259

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

Subject: Massachusetts

Period: 1802 (circa)

Publication: The American Universal Geography

Color: Black & White

11.4 x 7.8 inches
29 x 19.8 cm

This early nineteenth century map was published by Jedidiah Morse, one of the founders of American cartography. This is his second map of the state drawn by A. Adams; the previous map being by J. Denison. This version is a much superior map updated to include information in Plymouth, Bristol and Barnstable counties that was left off the first edition. The identity of A. Adams is a mystery as he is not listed in Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers. He apparently was a cartographer who worked closely with Morse during this period, and is possibly Ashur Adams who made a map of New England for Morse's A Compendious History of New England. The plate was engraved by Enoch G. Gridley.


Condition: B+

Issued folding with a few faint spots and a short fold separation at lower left that has been closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $100

Closed on 4/26/2017