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Vermont from Actual Survey
1795 or later
Draftsman:Drawn by Amos Doolittle , American, 1754 - 1832
Printmaker:Engraved by Amos Doolittle , American, 1754 - 1832
Engraving; black printer's ink and watercolor on wove paper, in cardboard covers
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 14 7/8 x 11 5/8in. (37.8 x 29.5cm) Platemark (height x width): 15 1/4 x 12in. (38.7 x 30.5cm) Sheet (height x width): 15 3/8 x 12 5/8in. (39.1 x 32.1cm)
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Gallery Copy: The first large-scale map of the state of the Vermont was engraved by Amos Doolittle and based on surveys by Vermont's surveyor general, James Whitelaw. The New Haven, Connecticut engraver got the job because there was no engraver in Vermont at that time capable of such fine work. This reduced version of Doolittle's great map was issued as a folding pocket map. Similar to modern road maps, pocket maps were readily portable, but needed to be unfolded in order to be consulted and used. Folding and unfolding increased the risk of tears, and pocket maps are rarely found in good condition. The hand-coloring in this pocket map appears to be original.
Description: Map of Vermont, with Canada to the north, New Hampshire to the east, Massachusetts to the south, and New York to the west. Vermont is divided primarily into counties, each outlined in red, yellow or green. Town divisions and names are also shown. Dartmouth is located along the Connecticut River in Windsor County. Physical features depicted include elevation, conveyed with clusters of peaks; rivers; and lakes, including Lake Champlain. Roads are shown but not labeled. Waterfalls and tall trees adorn the cartouche.
Cartographic Note: Scale: About 1/2 inch equals 5 miles
Inscription: Front cover, gold tooled: "VERMONT" Inner front cover, top left, handwritten in red ink: "22984" Recto, bottom right, printed in black ink: "VERMONT / From actual Survey / Delineated & Engraved by Amos Doolittle N.H." Verso, right side, handwritten in red ink: "22984"
Object Number: 1912.7.0
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