Item #7874 Atlas Accompanying Greenleaf's Map and Statistical Survey of Maine. Moses Greenleaf.
Atlas Accompanying Greenleaf's Map and Statistical Survey of Maine.
Atlas Accompanying Greenleaf's Map and Statistical Survey of Maine.
Atlas Accompanying Greenleaf's Map and Statistical Survey of Maine.
Atlas Accompanying Greenleaf's Map and Statistical Survey of Maine.
Atlas Accompanying Greenleaf's Map and Statistical Survey of Maine.
Atlas Accompanying Greenleaf's Map and Statistical Survey of Maine.
Atlas Accompanying Greenleaf's Map and Statistical Survey of Maine.

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Atlas Accompanying Greenleaf's Map and Statistical Survey of Maine.

Portland: Shirley & Hyde, 1829. 4to, original half calf and marbled paper over boards, original paper title label affixed to upper cover. 6 folding hand-colored engraved maps, one folding diagram. Bookplate of “Gary Woolson” at top of front paste-down. CONDITION: Very good, covers rubbed, occasional separations along map folds expertly reinforced on verso with Japanese tissue, occasional minor stains, but generally clean throughout.

First and only edition of the first atlas of the state of Maine. 

Moses Greenleaf (1777–1834) is renowned as Maine’s first map-maker. His maps appeared between 1815 and 1846, and neatly coincide with the period covering Maine’s achievement of statehood (1820) to the final resolution of its present day boundaries, and are thoroughly bound up with the formative stages of state’s identity. His atlas, published in conjunction with his second, expanded wall map of the state, as well as a valuable statistical survey, is important both as the first atlas of the state, and as the third published atlas of an individual state, being preceded only by Robert Mills’s Atlas of the State of South Carolina (1825) and David Burr’s Atlas of the State of New York (1829). 

“Greenleaf’s atlas is especially important because it’s much more than just a compilation of geographical maps. Greenleaf was an ardent supporter of Maine’s claim in the Northeastern Boundary Controversy with Great Britain and the first four maps in the atlas relate to this issue. These are the only maps concerning the dispute to be published in Maine before John Deane’s maps of 1840 and 1842.”—Thompson.

The maps and diagrams included, in order of their appearance, are: 

1. Map of the Principal Rivers, Mountains and Highland Ranges of the State of Maine 

2. Sketch From Bouchette’s Maps of Upper and Lower Canada and the District of Gaspe Exhibiting the True Range of Highlands Dividing the Waters of the St. Lawrence & the Atlantic and the Imaginary Ranges claimed by the British for the Boundary of the State of Maine 

3. Sketch of the Imaginary Ranges of Highlands Reported by the British Surveyors Under the Treaty of Ghent 

4. Vertical Sections Exhibiting the Comparative Altitudes of the Principal Highlands and Rivers of the State of Maine 

5. Map Exhibiting the Principal Original Grants & Sales of lands in the State of Maine 

6. Map of the Inhabited part of the State of Maine, Exhibiting the Progress of its Settlement Since the Year 1778… 

7. Meteorological Diagrams. Monthly Means & Extremes of Temperature at Brunswick & Williamsburgh in the State Of Maine

A very appealing example of this scarce and important state atlas.

REFERENCES: Williamson 3918; Thompson, Important Maine Maps, Books 118; Thompson, Printed Maps of the District and State of Maine 30; Smith 58-63; MacDougall 4. 

Item #7874

Price: $15,000.00

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