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A Map of the New England States: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut
1826
Printmaker:Engraved by John Peter Van Ness Throop , American, 1794 - 1860
Publisher:Published by Nathan Hale , American, 1784 - 1863
Engraving; black printer's ink on wove paper, lined with linen, with paper covers, in paper-covered cardboard box
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 44 5/8 x 38 5/8in. (113.3 x 98.1cm) Sheet (height x width): 45 1/2 x 39 5/8in. (115.6 x 100.6cm) Mount (height x width): 46 x 40in. (116.8 x 101.6cm)
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Gallery Copy: The Nathan Hale who published this map of New England was the nephew of the Revolutionary War hero from Coventry, Connecticut, who was hanged as a spy by the British. The publisher Nathan Hale was born in Westhampton, Massachusetts, and spent most of his life in Boston. He is best known as a publisher of periodicals, notably the North American Review, but he was also very interested in maps. In the 1830s, he would develop a method of printing maps from stereotype plates using actual type for the inscriptions. His map of the New England States predates those experiments; all of the lettering was done by hand. The calligraphic title is especially fancy and very finely engraved.
Description: Folding map of the New England states, the eastern portion of New York, and Lower Canada. The states are divided into counties and towns, both of which are labeled. Roads, turnpike roads, churches, towns and villages are shown. On the right side is an inset map of northeastern Maine. Physical features depicted include elevation, conveyed with hachure marks; rivers; lakes; and islands.
Cartographic Note: Scale: 1 inch equals 8 miles
Inscription: Recto, bottom right, printed in black ink: "A / MAP / of the / New England States / MAINE / NEW HAMPSHIRE / VERMONT MASSACHUSETTS / RHODE ISLAND & CONNECTICUT / With the adjacent parts of / NEW YORK & LOWER CANADA / Compiled and Published / BY NATHAN HALE / BOSTON 1826 / Engraved by J.V.N. Throop / Entered according to act of Congress, the 14th day of August 1826 by Nathan Hale of Massachusetts." Verso, bottom left, handwritten in pencil: "100008"
Object Number: 2007.86.0
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