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County Map of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island
Draftsman:Drawn by William Henry Gamble , American, active 1867 - 1887
Printmaker:Engraved by William Henry Gamble , American, active 1867 - 1887
Publisher:Published by Samuel Augustus Mitchell , 1792 - 1868
Lithography; printer's ink and watercolor on wove paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 11 3/8 x 13 7/8in. (28.9 x 35.2cm) Sheet (height x width): 12 1/8 x 15 1/8in. (30.8 x 38.4cm)
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Gallery Copy: Samuel Augustus Mitchell was born in Bristol, Connecticutin 1792. After teaching for a few years and finding the geography textbooks inadequate, he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and became a map publisher. He is well-known as a publisher of maps for educational purposes, but he also produced atlases for general use. This 1872 County Map of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island is a page from such an atlas. Although the signature states that it was "Engraved by W. H. Gamble," the map is actually a transfer lithograph. Gamble's engraving was transferred to a lithographic stone, which was then used to print the maps more quickly and efficiently than would have been possible using the original copper plate.
Description: Map of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, with New York to the west, Vermont and New Hampshire to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and Long Island Sound and part of Long Island to the south. Town lines are not indicated, but county lines and railroads are shown; some railroad stations and villages as well as towns and cities are identified. The map is surrounded by a decorative border with a grapevine design. Cape Cod and Natucket extend beyond the right border; Fairfield County extends into the left border.
Cartographic Note: 2 inches = 30 miles
Inscription: On recto, lower right, printed in black ink, "COUNTY MAP OF / MASSACHUSETTS, / CONNECTICUT, / AND / RHODE ISLAND." On verso, upper left, in pencil, "Map Box 118"; lower left, in pencil, "Map Box / 118"; lower right, in pencil, "1979.96.5"
Object Number: 1979.96.5
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