District of Maine FIRST U.S. STATE MAP 1793 Carleton scarce American-made mapBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
The District of Main
from the latest Surveys
Issued Boston, 1793 by Morse. Publ. by Thomas & Andrews.
Scarce 18th century engraved map, produced within the United States. One of relatively few state maps created within the country prior to 1800.
FIRST MAP OF MAINE PUBLISHED IN THE U.S. OR ANYWHERE ELSE*. Many geographical inaccuracies are noted by Thompson which we can provide on request to the purchaser.
Paper is age-toned with moderate spotting and some old discoloration, side margins uneven as typical, typical condition. But to our eyes and for most people, an entirely acceptable example of this rare antique 18th century American-made seminal map relating to New England.
Original fold lines as issued.
Sheet measures c. 8 1/2" x 11 1/2".
Printed area measures c. 8" x 10 1/2".
Wheat & Brun, Maps Published in America Before 1800, #168.
*Thompson, Printed Maps of the District and State of Maine - 1793-1860 , pp. 15: Noting this as the first printed map of the state anywhere, and calling it "a landmark map."
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers , vol. 3, pg. 284.
Ristow, American Maps and Mapmakers , pp. 154.