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Vermont
before 1824
Engraving; black printer's ink on wove paper in paper covers
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 8 3/4 x 5 5/8in. (22.2 x 14.3cm) Sheet (height x width): 9 1/2 x 6 1/2in. (24.1 x 16.5cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Samuel St. John Morgan
Gallery Copy: In 1788, when the New Haven, Connecticut engraver Amos Doolittle was engaged to engrave the first map of the State of Vermont, Vermont had no native engraver capable of doing the work. By the 1820s, when Zadock Thompson produced his Gazetteer of Vermont, the book could be printed, published, and provided with an engraved map, all without going out of state. The book was published in Montpelier, the state capital. Moody M. Peabody, who engraved the map, was also active in the small Vermont towns of Quechee and Reading as well as, possibly, in Utica, New York.
Description: Pocket map of Vermont, with Canada to the north, New Hampshire to the east, Massachusetts to the south, and New York to the west. The state is divided into counties and towns. Physical features depicted include elevation, conveyed with clusters of peaks, rivers, and lakes. The decorative cartouche features an eagle over a mountain range, holding a banner with the state motto, "Freedom and Unity," in its talons.
Cartographic Note: Scale: 1 inch equals 20 miles
Inscription: Front cover, gold tooled: "VERMONT" Inside cover, top left, handwritten in blue ink: "64513" Top left, handwritten in pencil: "Maps / 65413" Recto, lower right side, printed in black ink: "VERMONT" Bottom left, printed in black ink: "Engraved for Thompson's Gazetteer of Vermont." Bottom right, printed in black ink: "Peabody Sc." Verso, handwritten in black ink: [list of names] Handwritten in pencil: [James 5:16 verse] Center, handwritten in pencil: "65413"
Object Number: 1956.96.1
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