"Connecticut from the Best Authorities", Reid, John
Period: 1796 (circa)
Publication: Winterbotham's History of America
Color: Black & White
17.2 x 14.1 inches
43.7 x 35.8 cm
This early and uncommon map of Connecticut was engraved by Benjamin Tanner and included in both Winterbothom's History of America and the American Atlas, both published in 1796. Based on Amos Doolittle's map of the previous year, it shows the Oblong, an area of dispute between Connecticut and New York. The boundary line is shown following the Byram River from Long Island Sound to a point in line with the 3 Trees that were used as an early boundary marker. The map is finely detailed showing counties, topography, towns, churches, courthouses, and roads.
References: McCorkle #C796.4; Wheat & Brun #288; Phillips (Atlases) #1216-9.
A crisp impression on a bright sheet with light soiling, a small hole above the title cartouche, very light toning along the centerfold, and a couple of short marginal tears that have been closed on verso with archival tape.