[MAINE] GREENLEAF, MOSES. Map of the State of Maine with the Province of New Brunswick.
Portland, Maine: Shirley & Hyde, 1829. Engraved by J.H. Young & F. Danforth, Philadelphia. First edition, first state. Engraved map with hand-coloring on four sheets joined, sheet approximately 53 1/4 x 41 1/2 inches (135 x 105.5 cm). Map mounted to modern linen, tears repaired, faint old dampstain at upper left, evenly toned.
Moses Greenleaf's monumental 1829 wall map of the state of Maine, issued separately but in conjunction with his two other ambitious publications of that year, being his Survey of the State of Maine, in Reference to Its Geographical Features, Statistics and Political Economy and the Atlas Accompanying Greenleaf's Map and Statistical Survey of Maine. Granted statehood in 1820, by 1829 Maine was still involved in a dispute with Great Britain over its northern boundary and this map is the first to show the boundary from actual surveys (the boundary issue was resolved by the Webster-Ashburton Treaty of 1842). The map is also noted for the accuracy in which it presented hundreds of lakes and rivers in the interior. The present map is accompanied by first edition in original boards of Greenleaf's 1816 A Statistical View of the District of Maine, the work which Greenleaf greatly expanded upon with his publications of 1829 (that work also accompanied by a map, not present here). We trace few extant copies of the map offered and note that in the survey accompanying the sale of the copy owned by E. V. Thompson he noted 6 copies. The lot also accompanied by Edgar Crosby Smith's 1902 Moses Greenleaf: Maine's First Map Maker, copy 62 from the limited edition. For the map see Thompson sale lot 119; Phillips, 1772; Phillips. Maps of America, p. 384-385; Ristow, p. 96; Smith, E.C. Moses Greenleaf, p. 71-77; Schwartz, S.I. and R.E. Ehrenberg, The mapping of America, p. 251; Howes 393.
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