Massachusetts state map 1795 scarce Scott Bailey Wheat & Brun #216 miniatureBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
Issued 1795, Philadelphia by Bailey.
Scarce 18th century miniature state map, one of a small handful of engraved maps of specific then recently formed states produced within the United States prior to the year 1800. Appeared within the first edition of the first gazetteer of the U.S. Note that longitude is given with Philadelphia as the prime meridian.
Among the earliest American produced renderings of the islands of Nantucket and Marth's Vineyard. Indeed, a collection of 18th century maps which depicted these islands would likely be a small and difficult one to assemble. Tiny symbols for court houses.
Map displays the type of offsetting as often seen due to the original folding format and era of production. Small scattered age-spotting, but remains overall an entirely acceptable and unsophisticated example, without repairs or restorations.
Original fold line(s) as issued.
Sheet measures c. 8" x 6 1/2".
Printed area measures c. 7 1/4" x 6".
Tooley, Dictionary of Mapmakers , vol. IV, pg. 137.
Wheat and Brun, Maps Published in America Before 1800 , 216.
Phillips, Atlases in Library of Congress , 4521a.
McCorkle, New England in Early Printed Maps.
Howes, U.S.-iana , S237.
Ristow, American Maps and Mapmakers , p. 154.