Massachusetts state by itself 1853 Ensign & Phelps small antique hand color mapBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian
(United States- New England states).
Fine and uncommon mid-19th century American map, issued c.1853, NY by Ensign & Phelps.
With most attractive hand coloring.
Early cerographic printed map, a form of wax engraving invented only shortly before this map was made. At first glance the map appears to be a wood engraving and possesses a visual charm unique to this era. Paper has age mellowed nicely, giving the map an attractive cast of visual age all but impossible to re-create in this precise attractive unique manner.
Fine map, rather uncommon / scarce with such attractive hand color and patina. Printed with detailed geographical typeset text on verso, map was originally issued within a now very scarce mid-century American gazetteer.
Map remains well preserved and attractive. Some light age wear or surface spotting/ soiling which is visible within the scan, edges toned.
Sheet measures c. 9" x 5 1/2".
Tooleys Dictionary of Mapmakers , v. 2.