This book is a comprehensive guide to maps of the state of Maine printed between 1793 and 1860. The 171 maps illustrated and described in the book represent the period called “the Golden Age” of American cartography. This period is very important in the geographic history of Maine and the cartographic history of the United States because it was during this time that Maine’s boundaries were established and the state was organized as a discrete territory.
When the first map of Maine was printed in 1793, Maine had only five counties; the sixteenth and last was formed in 1860. The decades from the ratification of the Constitution to the outbreak of the Civil War witnessed the emergence and maturation of a distinctive cartographic tradition.
Printed Maps of the District and State of Maine depicts a wide variety of works produced, from atlas maps, wall maps, pocket maps, and maps from books and newspapers. Hardcover; 460 pages. Limited supply available.