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The Mapping of North America

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A fine two-page chart of the coast of Maine from Wood Island to Grand Harbour. This is the first issue of the second state of this chart, the first omitted a title. The first post-Revolutionary American marine atlas was published in Boston by Matthew Clark in 1790. Two of these nine charts were engraved by John Norman. The noted cartographer Osgood Carleton certified the maps for accuracy. The experience encouraged Carleton and Norman to begin their own project which was published as ‘The American Pilot’ in Boston, 1791. Carleton provided the cartography, Norman engraved the plates and published the resulting work. He re-issued it in 1792 and again in 1794, essentially unaltered at which point his son William took over. William issued the atlas in 1796 and 1803 introducing two new charts, this being one of them. Guthorn ‘Eighteenth Century Shore and Harbour Charts Printed in America’, The Map Collector 12 pp. 24-31; Guthorn ‘United States Coastal Charts 1783-1861’ pp. 7-8; Ristow ‘American Maps and Mapmakers’ pp. 224-7; Wheat & Brun no. 166 2nd state.
NORMAN, William

A Chart of the Coast of America from Wood Island to Good Harbour From Hollands Surveys

Boston, 1796-1803
520 x 830 mm., light browning to the margins. There is insignificant tiny loss to the margin line lower left, and to the margin upper left.
Stock number: 4259
$ 12,500
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